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Marie Madeleine FOURCADE

French Marie Madeleine FOURCADE

born Marie Madeleine BRIDOU

Leader of the French Resistance network Alliance

Source :  Daniel de LIGAULT de la BOULAYE

Born: on November 08, 1909 in Marseille, France
Died: on July 20, 1989 in Paris, France


In 1945, she created and became president of the Association Amicale Alliance (Alliance Friendly Association. She then took care of 3,000 resistance agents and survivors, as well as social works and the publication of Mémorial de l'Alliance, dedicated to the resistance group's 429 dead. Published in 1968 under the title Noah's Ark, the history of the group was a bestseller.

She chaired the Committee of Resistance Action from 1962, as well as the jury of honour of Maurice Papon in 1981. She remarried, was a mother of five children, a commander of the Légion d'honneur, vice president of the International Union of Resistance and Deportation from 1960 and the National Association of Medal-holders from 1947, and a member of the L.I.C.R.A.. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was represented at the assembly of the European Communities and in 1982 chaired the Defense of Interests in France and Europe. Her last fights were for the end of the Lebanese conflict and the Klaus Barbie lawsuit in Lyon.

Marie-Madeleine Fourcade died at age 80, on July 20, 1989 at the military hospital of Val-de-Grâce; the government and the few survivors of the resistance group paid an exceptional homage to her on July 26 at the time of her funeral in the Saint-Louis Church of the Invalids and her burial in the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris.

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