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Simone Segouin, the 18 year old French Resistance fighter, 1944


Members of the French Resistance are photographed in the middle of a fight against German troops during the liberation of Paris. We see a man in provisional army uniform on the left and a young man on the right.

Then, most surprisingly, we see a woman in shorts, with a patterned top and a military cap in the center. The picture of this young female fighter will become a symbol of women's participation in the resistance.

Her name was Simone Segouin, also known as her Nominee de Guerre Nicole Minette. She was 18 years old when this photo was taken. The girl had killed two Germans fighting in Paris two days earlier and also assisted in the capture of 25 German prisoners of war during the fall of Chartres.

In 1944, at the height of the Nazi occupation of France, she joined the François-Tierres et Partisans (Free-shooters and Partisans, or FTP) – a fighting coalition made up of militant communists and French nationalists.


Simone was very much in the latter camp. His father was a huge inspiration - a decorated soldier who had fought in the Great War - and he was very proud of his country.

Simone Segouin was involved in armed actions against enemy convoys and trains, attacks against enemy units, acts of sabotage, etc. The French newspaper Independiente Eure-et-Loir in its August 26, 1944 issue described him as "one of the purest fighters". The heroic French resistance that paved the way for liberation".

She was present at the Fall of Chartres and the Liberation of Paris on August 23, 1944. He was promoted to lieutenant and awarded the Croix de Guerre. A street in Courville-sur-Eure was named after him.



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