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World War II French Resistance fighter Raymond Aubrac has died at the age of 97.

His family said he passed away at the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris on Tuesday evening.

He and his wife Lucie, who died five years ago, joined the underground Resistance movement in 1941 after France fell to the Nazis.

Aubrac was Jewish and his real name was Raymond Samuel; Aubrac was his code name in the Resistance and he adopted it for the rest of his life.

He was captured by the Nazis in 1943 and sentenced to death, but Lucie – using a false name and pretending to be his pregnant girlfriend – convinced the Gestapo to allow him out for one day so they could be married. A French law at the time said a prisoner who was condemned to death had the right to be married.

After the “wedding” Lucie and a group of other Resistance members attacked the German truck transporting “her new husband” as well as other prisoners and freed them.

The couple them fled to London.

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