Daniel Cordier, one of the last French heroes of the WWII resistance, dies at the age of 100


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                Daniel Cordier, qui en tant que secrétaire du célèbre chef de la résistance française Jean Moulin a aidé à orchestrer le combat de son pays contre ses occupants allemands pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, est décédé à l'âge de 100 ans, a déclaré vendredi une source gouvernementale.

                                    <p>Sa mort signifie qu'un seul combattant parmi les 1038 décorés par Charles de Gaulle comme héros de la résistance reste en vie.

Born in the south-west of the city of Bordeaux on August 10, 1920, Cordier was about to enter the army when he left France in June 1940 to join de Gaulle in London, after the famous call from General not to accept the defeat of the Nazi forces.

“I am a child of the 1914 war. My youth was a monument to the dead, the wounded,” he recalls one day.

“So in 1940, when France lost the war it had won 20 years earlier, I found that completely unacceptable,” Cordier said.

He was part of de Gaulle’s intelligence and operations division and was parachuted into France in 1942, where he was hired as secretary of Moulin à Lyon.

<p><strong>'Résistance aux alias'</strong>

Between planning sabotage operations against German forces, Moulin introduced Cordier to the fine art world, and the two worked together until Moulin’s arrest by the Gestapo in June 1943.

Cordier, now also targeted, returned to England where he continued to work in the resistance intelligence service and, after the war, became an important art dealer.

President Emmanuel Macron called him on August 20, his 100th birthday, to thank him for “the example he set” both during the war and after.

In 2013, he was the subject of a famous documentary film about his war years, “Alias ​​Resistance” – a reference to his memoir, called “Alias ​​Caracalla”.

“I cried for the entire three hours,” Cordier told AFP at the premiere of the film in a Parisian high school, alongside President François Hollande, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first meeting of the National Council of the Moulin Resistance in Paris.

With his death, only one hero of the resistance, Hubert Germain, remains alive.


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