In the living memory of the elderly are brothers and fathers going off to one or other to war, and the stories of those who never returned.
1939 was a difficult year for France. Not only did it experience the indignity of an invasion on its North East border from Hitler’s hordes late in the year, the country suffered a very different incursion in its far South-West in the early months of the year.
The shameful camps, over crowded, in-humane, crammed to overflowing with desperate Republicans escaping Franco’s Spain seem an unlikely place for art to flourish. But artists were there as can be seen in the Museum in La Jonquera. And they did not go un-noticed in Perpignan either.
In every village graveyard wrought iron crosses bearing white enamel hearts record the deaths of generations of villagers.
In 1940, Louis Torcatis joined the French Resistance under the pseudonym Bouloc and became head of the secret army of Languedoc Roussillon.
The Comet line, so named because of the speed needed to whisk stranded airmen down through occupied France to safety, helped hundreds of allied soldiers and airmen to escape from occupied France.
Lest we forget November 11th To commemorate the allied action during during WW1, many of the communes of the Pyrénées-Orientales invite residents of all nationalites to join together in a ceremony of solidarity. This year…
On the site will be « un musée de la grandeur de l’homme libre, pour un mémorial non de la défaite mais du combat, pour un musée de l’homme digne et debout. » (A musem to show how great is the free man, a memorial of combat, not of defeat, a museum showing man dignified and standing tall)
With Jane Mann Gustave Violet was born in Thuir in 1876. His father and uncle had made their fortune by inventing the aperitif Byrrh, but, rather than following in his father’s footsteps, young Gustave chose…
The poppy is a powerful and iconic symbol of remembrance in England, but did you know that the French have an equivalent, ‘Le Bleuet de France’, their own poignant reminder of the First World War?