A Lorraine cross measuring more than 4 meters will be erected in this Loire-Atlantique commune

A Lorraine cross measuring more than 4 meters will be erected in this Loire-Atlantique commune
A Lorraine cross measuring more than 4 meters will be erected in this Loire-Atlantique commune

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Frédéric Prot

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May 19, 2024 at 1:59 p.m.

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Wednesday May 8, 2024, on the occasion of the ceremony celebrating the Armistice ending the Second World War, the mayor of La Baule, Franck Louvrier, announced that will be inaugurated, for the 80th anniversary on May 8, 2025, “an immense cross of Lorraine”.

“In marine stainless steel”

Designed on the model of that of Colombey-les-deux-Églises, it will be erected “on this place of June 18, 40, opposite the Post Office whose facade will have been freshly renovated. »

“It will logically be located in the perspective of the Square de la France Libre and the Place de la Victoire, which marks the entrance to the city not far from Avenue De Gaulle. »

Franck Louvrier

This work, “made of marine stainless steel in order to also withstand the horrors of our seaside climate”, will be created by the Breton artist, Anthony Boëffard.

It will have a wingspan of 2.33 m and a height of 4.43 m (that of Colombey is ten times larger).

With the installation of this monument, the mayor intends thank the fighters of Free France “for what they did, putting their lives in danger: allowing our country to be free.”

“This tribute is particularly important here […]. The Saint-Nazaire pocket was in fact the last piece of France liberated on May 11, 1945, three days after the Armistice…, recalled Franck Louvrier. We must be aware of this and remember it, just as we must remember the coming of the deliverer Charles de Gaulle here, July 25, 1945.”

The memory of Jean de Neyman also praised

On May 8, the elected official also saluted “the memory of a personality who also resisted the occupier, Jean de Neymanand the 80th anniversary of his execution.”

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This associate professor of physics had his residence on avenue Pierre Perée.

In May 1944, he set up an FTP group, a movement founded by the French Communist Party, and was captured on August 17 in Guérande.

The following September 2, Jean de Neyman was, at the age of 29, the last resistance fighter shot in Saint-Nazaire.

“This cross of Lorraine will also be a way of commemorating the commitment of this hero: even outside the forces of Free France, like so many others, he gave his life for the same cause,” declared the mayor of The Baule.

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