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Death of Nancy Wake, great World War II Resistance fighter

Published on August 11, 2011
Australia/New Zealand – Death of Nancy Wake, great World War II Resistance fighter – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Deputy Spokesman

Paris, August 9 , 2011

We were saddened to learn of the death of Nancy Wake, a great Australian figure in the French Resistance during World War II.

France does not forget that the people of Australia and New Zealand stood by her side during the last two world wars.

France pays tribute to the memory of a heroine of the French Resistance, a woman true and committed to freedom and peace. We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and the Australian and New Zealand authorities and peoples.

A brave-hearted woman, she courageously and actively upheld her strong convictions, constantly risking her life to defend fundamental freedoms, assuming her responsibilities within French Resistance networks with passion and intelligence. Known as “The White Mouse”, Nancy Wake had close and deep ties to France, which she knew well and loved. Our country expressed its gratitude to and profound respect for her by awarding her the Croix de guerre 1939-1945 and the Medal of the French Resistance, and honouring her with the distinction of Chevalier in the Légion d’honneur./.

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