Vibrant tribute to Maurice, Josette Audin at Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris


PARIS – A memorial ceremony in memory of Maurice and Josette Audin, 62 years after the disappearance and assassination of Maurice by the French army on June 11, 1957 in Algiers, was held, Tuesday, at the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

A vibrant tribute was paid by a large crowd, including their two children, politicians, historians, local elected officials and members of the Embassy of Algeria in France, who came to witness this tribute to the activist for the independence of Algeria, and his wife who died on February 2nd.

It is worth recalling that President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged, last September while visiting the wife of the deceased, that Maurice Audin was tortured and killed by soldiers of the colonial army.

The two children, Michèle and Pierre Audin, dispersed the ashes of their mother in the garden , before the participants, equipped with Algerian flags, go towards the site of the cenotaph, an erected monument, in memory of Maurice Audin, to be inaugurated.

The inscription, engraved on the cenotaph, inside a map of Algeria, underlines, in particular that “the memory of Maurice Audin and the other victims of this terrible repression can only strengthen the determination of all those who fight for state crimes, arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances in all over the world to be recognized and punished “.

Maurice Audin, who was 25 years old, was arrested on 11 June 1957 by General Massu’s paratroopers in front of his family, before being tortured. The young assistant at the faculty of Algiers has never returned, according to many historians






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