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France’s last surviving WWII French Resistance hero dies aged 101

In this file photo taken on June 18, 2021, Hubert Germain, a WWII Resistance fighter and the last "Compagnon de la Liberation" attends a ceremony to mark the 81st anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's resistance call from London at the Mont Valerien, in Suresnes, near Paris. (Michel Euler/Pool/AFP)
In this file photo taken on June 18, 2021, Hubert Germain, a WWII Resistance fighter and the last "Compagnon de la Liberation" attends a ceremony to mark the 81st anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's resistance call from London at the Mont Valerien, in Suresnes, near Paris. (Michel Euler/Pool/AFP)

The last survivor out of the over 1,000 people who were awarded the highest order of bravery by Charles de Gaulle for their role in French Resistance forces during World War II has died at the age of 101, France’s defense minister announces.

“I want to inform you that Hubert Germain, the last surviving member of the Order of Liberation, has died,” Defense Minister Florence Parly tells French lawmakers.

“It’s an important moment in our history,” she adds.

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