Madeleine Riffaud

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Madeleine Riffaud (born 23 August 1924) is a French poet, journalist, war correspondent and a member of the French Resistance. She was born in Arvillers, France. Riffaud was awarded the National Order of Merit.

She began operating for the French Forces of the Interior at the age of 18 under the codename "Rainer".[1] On July 23, 1944, at age 19, she became known for the killing of a German officer, whom she shot dead. Shortly afterwards, she was captured by the Gestapo and was nearly executed.

After the war ended in 1945, she became a journalist for Ce Soir, a French newspaper.

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  1. Jon Henley (2004-08-21). "'You can't know how wonderful it was to finally battle in the daylight' | World news". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-04-29.