By Angela Doland
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
PARIS, Oct. 22 — Guy Moquet was only 17 when he was executed by a Nazi firing squad, becoming a symbol of the Resistance’s fight to free France. President Nicolas Sarkozy says M¿quet is just the kind of patriot the country needs today.
The decision to designate a “Guy Moquet Day,” which was observed Monday in schools, was Sarkozy’s first act in office in May. It was meant to build up national pride, a frequent theme for Sarkozy, by reminding teenagers of how much Resistance fighters sacrificed during World War II.
But events didn’t go as smoothly as Sarkozy had hoped.