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Paris, Île-de-France, France
 

The Students of France

 
 
The Students of France Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 1, 2012
1. The Students of France Marker
Inscription.
Le 11 Novembre 1940
devant la tombe de l’Inconnu
Les Etudiants de France
manifestant en masse
Les Premiers
résistèrent à l’occupant

English translation:
On November 11, 1940, before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the students of France demonstrated the first mass resistance against the occupier.

 
Location. 48° 52.413′ N, 2° 17.759′ E. Marker is in Paris, Île-de-France. Marker is at the intersection of Champs-Élysées and Place Charles de Gaulle on Champs-Élysées. Touch for map. This marker is located near the intersection of the Champs-Élysées and the traffic circle around the Place de Charles de Gaulle. Marker is at or near this postal address: 156 Champs-Élysées, Paris, Île-de-France 75003, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Conference Gate (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); L’égoùt de Paris (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Place du Trocadero (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Jacques Cartier (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Samuel Champlain (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Le Drapeau Tricolore
The Students of France Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 1, 2012
2. The Students of France Marker
(approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Bureau de Gustave Eiffel (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); La Premiere Liaison Radioelectrique (approx. 1.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paris.
 
Regarding The Students of France. In German-Occupied France, the Nazi authorities were fearful that any formal observance of Armistice Day (November 11) would incite a demonstration. They prohibited ceremonies of any kind, even church services or commemorations at war memorials. When the time came to make a stand, it was the young people — rather than the veterans — who defied the ban. French students staged a massive protest against the Occupation and paraded along the Champs-Élysées — which, since the fall of France, had become the purview of the Wehrmacht and its marching bands. Many of the students were arrested. Many were sent to prison. Adapted from Second by Second World War II (secondbysecondworldwar.com)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
The Arc d'Triomphe in Place de Charles de Gaulle image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 1, 2012
3. The Arc d'Triomphe in Place de Charles de Gaulle
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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