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France pays tribute to last survivor of WW2 liberation order

Soldiers from French Foreign Legion carry the flag-draped coffin of late French WWII veteran and last 'Companion of the Liberation' Hubert Germain during a national tribute at the Invalides in Paris, France, October 15.   REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Soldiers from French Foreign Legion carry the flag-draped coffin of late French WWII veteran and last 'Companion of the Liberation' Hubert Germain during a national tribute at the Invalides in Paris, France, October 15. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Soldiers from French Foreign Legion carry the flag-draped coffin of late French WWII veteran and last 'Companion of the Liberation' Hubert Germain during a national tribute at the Invalides in Paris, France, October 15. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
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President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Friday to the last surviving member of an order honouring heroes of France's liberation during World War Two who died this week.

    Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Friday to the last surviving member of an order honouring heroes of France's liberation during World War Two who died this week. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Friday to the last surviving member of an order honouring heroes of France's liberation during World War Two who died this week. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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Hubert Germain, who died on Tuesday aged 101, had been the last living "Companion of the Liberation" - an order created by General de Gaulle in 1940 to honour soldiers, Resistance members and civilians who fought the country's Nazi occupation.  



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Hubert Germain, who died on Tuesday aged 101, had been the last living "Companion of the Liberation" - an order created by General de Gaulle in 1940 to honour soldiers, Resistance members and civilians who fought the country's Nazi occupation. ...more

Hubert Germain, who died on Tuesday aged 101, had been the last living "Companion of the Liberation" - an order created by General de Gaulle in 1940 to honour soldiers, Resistance members and civilians who fought the country's Nazi occupation. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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His coffin and medals of honour were carried through the Invalides monument in Paris, during a military ceremony attended by senior politicians and broadcast on national TV.    

REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

His coffin and medals of honour were carried through the Invalides monument in Paris, during a military ceremony attended by senior politicians and broadcast on national TV. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

His coffin and medals of honour were carried through the Invalides monument in Paris, during a military ceremony attended by senior politicians and broadcast on national TV. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
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"He defended freedom with his brothers in arms, with his brothers in spirit - and all who recognise themselves as such - he would rebuild the brotherhood," Macron said. "Our task will be to continue the fight with the same fervour. We will."   


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"He defended freedom with his brothers in arms, with his brothers in spirit - and all who recognise themselves as such - he would rebuild the brotherhood," Macron said. "Our task will be to continue the fight with the same fervour. We will." ...more

"He defended freedom with his brothers in arms, with his brothers in spirit - and all who recognise themselves as such - he would rebuild the brotherhood," Macron said. "Our task will be to continue the fight with the same fervour. We will." Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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After the war, Germain was elected as a local mayor before joining parliament and serving as minister for post and telecommunications minister the 1970s.
   Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

After the war, Germain was elected as a local mayor before joining parliament and serving as minister for post and telecommunications minister the 1970s. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

After the war, Germain was elected as a local mayor before joining parliament and serving as minister for post and telecommunications minister the 1970s. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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In his last interview with Paris Match magazine in November last year, Germain described himself as "just a companion among companions." "I wake up at 5 a.m., I daydream and I prepare my spiritual life," Germain told Paris Match in the interview.   Ludovic  
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In his last interview with Paris Match magazine in November last year, Germain described himself as "just a companion among companions." "I wake up at 5 a.m., I daydream and I prepare my spiritual life," Germain told Paris Match in the interview. ...more

In his last interview with Paris Match magazine in November last year, Germain described himself as "just a companion among companions." "I wake up at 5 a.m., I daydream and I prepare my spiritual life," Germain told Paris Match in the interview. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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The order, one of France's highest honours, counts 1,032 men and six women, including activist publisher Berty Albrecht and Simone Michel-Levy, who set up a clandestine communication network during the war.     Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

The order, one of France's highest honours, counts 1,032 men and six women, including activist publisher Berty Albrecht and Simone Michel-Levy, who set up a clandestine communication network during the war. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

The order, one of France's highest honours, counts 1,032 men and six women, including activist publisher Berty Albrecht and Simone Michel-Levy, who set up a clandestine communication network during the war. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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Just over 700 of its members survived the war, including international statesmen such as Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and King Mohammed V of Morocco.      Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

Just over 700 of its members survived the war, including international statesmen such as Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and King Mohammed V of Morocco. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

Just over 700 of its members survived the war, including international statesmen such as Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and King Mohammed V of Morocco. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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Germain, who had a son and two daughters, will be buried on Nov. 11 at Mont Valerien, a fortress west of Paris, alongside other members of the order.   


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Germain, who had a son and two daughters, will be buried on Nov. 11 at Mont Valerien, a fortress west of Paris, alongside other members of the order. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

Germain, who had a son and two daughters, will be buried on Nov. 11 at Mont Valerien, a fortress west of Paris, alongside other members of the order. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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Soldiers from French Foreign Legion carry the flag-draped coffin of late French WWII veteran and last 'Companion of the Liberation' Hubert Germain. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Soldiers from French Foreign Legion carry the flag-draped coffin of late French WWII veteran and last 'Companion of the Liberation' Hubert Germain. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Soldiers from French Foreign Legion carry the flag-draped coffin of late French WWII veteran and last 'Companion of the Liberation' Hubert Germain. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
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Legionnaires carry the coffin during a national memorial service for Hubert Germain. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

Legionnaires carry the coffin during a national memorial service for Hubert Germain. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

Legionnaires carry the coffin during a national memorial service for Hubert Germain. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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French President Emmanuel Macron reviews troops during a national memorial service for Hubert Germain. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron reviews troops during a national memorial service for Hubert Germain. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron reviews troops during a national memorial service for Hubert Germain. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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Soldiers from French Foreign Legion stand next to the flag-draped coffin of Hubert Germain. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Soldiers from French Foreign Legion stand next to the flag-draped coffin of Hubert Germain. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Soldiers from French Foreign Legion stand next to the flag-draped coffin of Hubert Germain. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
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French President Emmanuel Macron attends a national memorial service for Hubert Germain, the last companion of the Liberation, at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.    Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a national memorial service for Hubert Germain, the last companion of the Liberation, at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a national memorial service for Hubert Germain, the last companion of the Liberation, at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
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