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Patriotic Day Meets Some Resistance In France

October 23, 2007

By Angela Doland
Associated Press
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.

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