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Memories of the French Resistance in Burgundy

French resistance
French resistance members

Etienne Jovignot lived in a small village along the canal in the Cote d’Or department of Burgundy. These are his memories of events that happened during the Second World War in the village and lasted a few days.

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Photos of Aigues Mortes

The ancient fortified town of Aigues Mortes, is a lively and worthwhile destination in the south of France, located on the coast in the department of the Hérault and the Languedoc-Roussillon region and the Petit Camargue. A once important port for the crusades, the massive walls with 6 towers and 10 doors, surround the town protecting the citizens from the sea and invasions. From afar you can see the Tower of Constance which is the tallest building within the walls.

 

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Gilles de Rais, a horrific mystery

Gilles de Rais was a Knight of Brittany, a Marshal of France, Baron of Retz and Lord of a dozen other places in the Western France.

Born Gilles de Montmorency-Laval in 1404-1405 in Machecoul ( Brittany ), he inherited a high-place in the French hierarchy. His patrimony was certainly more important than many princes and princesses at this time and Gilles de Rais’ military skills during the Breton duchy succession war attributed him the favours of the Breton Duke and a place in the Royal court.

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Gevaudan part II

In spite of the injuries the Beast suffered, it disappeared once again. Although Marie-Jeanne Valet’s lance proved that the Beast had been severely wounded, neither François Antoine nor his men were able to trace the mysterious animal.

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The Beast of Gévaudan Part I : a horrific mystery.

Summer 1764, we are in the Gévaudan ( nowadays, it is in the Lozère department ). A young farm girl looking after a herd of cows is suddenly attacked by a beast which looks like a wolf, but much bigger. Fortunately, the cows come forward and protect the girl. The Beast flees and the  farm girl is safe…