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Funeral for French resistance hero Raymond Aubrac

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The funeral ceremony honoring World War II French Resistance leader Raymond Aubrac, in Paris, April 16. Aubrac, a major leader in the French Resistance, is famed for a daring escape after being captured by the Nazis during World War II alongside French Resistance hero Jean Moulin. On April 10, Aubrac died at the age of 97 in Paris.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends a funeral ceremony honoring World War II French Resistance leader Raymond Aubrac.

Today the French resistance fighter, Raymond Aubrac's funeral was held with a ceremony at the Invalides in Paris and attended by many of the candidates for President as well as the current President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

Aubrac's life was rich with drama, having fought against the Nazi occupation, suffering torture at the hands of the infamous Gestatpo head Klaus Barbie (the Butcher of Lyon), and a daring escape orchestrated by his then pregnant wife, Lucie. Their story, of love, valor and courage has been documented in books and movies and is well-known in France.

"These heroes of the shadows who saved France's honor at a time when it appeared lost are disappearing one after the other. It is our duty to keep their legacy alive in the heart of our collective memory," Sarkozy said.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy stands at attention during a funeral ceremony honoring World War II French Resistance leader Raymond Aubrac at the Invalides.