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Madame Fourcade’s Fun Fact #3

FUN FACT #3

Madame Fourcade

For six months after the 31-year-old Fourcade took command of Alliance, she kept her identity a secret from Britain’s MI6, with whom Alliance worked, because she feared its leaders would never tolerate a woman as head of this large and important network. They finally learned the truth in December 1941, when, concealed in a diplomatic mail sack, she was smuggled into neutral Spain to meet with a MI6 representative.


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Madame Fourcade’s Fun Fact #2

FUN FACT #2

Although the French government in Vichy collaborated with Nazi Germany, not everyone in the government was pro-Hitler. In fact, many of the earliest anti-German resisters in France came from Vichy, and the Alliance network was created there just a few months after the country’s 1940 defeat.

Philippe Pétain meeting Hitler in October 1940

Philippe Pétain meeting Hitler in October 1940
(Pétain served as the Chief of State of Vichy France in World War II)
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Madame Fourcade – Fun Facts

For the next 3 weeks, I will be posting new & interesting fun facts from my new book, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, on sale now.

FUN FACT #1

Marie-Madeleine Fourcade’s spy network, formally called Alliance, was known as Noah’s Ark by the Gestapo because its agents used the names of animals and birds as their aliases. For her own code name, Fourcade chose “Hedgehog,” a beguiling little animal that, thanks to the spines all over its body, was able to defend itself against its most fearsome adversaries.


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“One of the great stories of the French Resistance…of one woman’s courage amid great danger, of heroism, defiance, and, ultimately, victory.”
—Alan Furst, author of A Hero of France