Louis Torcatis was a primary school teacher, born in Tautavel in 1904.
In 1940, he joined the French Resistance under the pseudonym Bouloc and became head of the secret army of Languedoc Roussillon.
Hunted by both the police and the Gestapo, he was ambushed in May 1944, at Carmaux in the Tarn.
Mortally wounded and left for dead, he managed nevertheless to drag himself back to his waiting men and warn them of the dangers ahead.
His last words are recorded as « Résistez, je meurs pour la France »
He is buried in Pia.
After his death, his widow created the Tourcatis bookshop in Perpignan, still open today.