France pays tribute to six-year-old hero of the resistance, Marcel Pinte | World news

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France paid tribute to a six-year-old boy considered its youngest hero of the resistance, as part of the national armistice day ceremonies in memory of those who died in the first and second world wars.In a special ceremony, Marcel Pinte’s name was inscribed on the war memorial in Aixe-sur-Vienne, just west of the central city of Limoges.

Marcel, known as Quinquin after a children’s song, acted as a courier for resistance fighters who opposed the Nazi occupation during World War II, walking past enemy patrols and carrying messages under his shirt.

His father, Eugène Pinte, was a local leader of the “army of shadows” led from London by Charles de Gaulle, which set up an operations center on a farm near Aixe-sur-Vienne. His farm received coded messages from London and airdrops of supplies to a nearby field.

Marcel died, at the age of six, on August 19, 1944, when a large deployment of resistance fighters arrived by parachute before a planned battle around Aix as Allied forces began to liberate France.

They were heavily armed and Marcel was hit by several bullets when a Sten submachine gun accidentally exploded.

“People who walk past this war memorial will notice its name and especially its age,” said family member Marc Pinte.

“It’s an honor. It sheds light on those who remained in the shadows but who fought for freedom.

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