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"The first panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permeant ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." -- Ernest Hemingway

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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.

 

 

https://www.libraryhist.com/2022/08/simone-segouin-18-year-old-french.html