Brigitte Friang

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Brigitte Friang (1924–2011 [1]) was a French journalist and writer.

She was born in Paris in 1924 and immediately after leaving school in Paris in 1943 joined the French resistance.[1] Working in the same group as Colonel F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas, she was captured by the Gestapo, shot while trying to escape, then taken to Fresnes Prison and tortured, before being deported to Ravensbrück concentration camp.[1][2]

After the war, she was liberated and returned to Paris where she worked for four years as a press aide to André Malraux, before becoming a journalist.[1] In 1953, she was sent to French Indochina as a war correspondent.[2][3] There she undertook parachute training and was dropped, in the opening hours of Operation Castor, into Điện Biên Province, in the north-west corner of Vietnam.[2][4] She made several combat jumps including one with Lt Col Bigeard's 6th Colonial Paratroop Battalion at Tu-Le after which she accompanied the 6th on their retreat to French lines.[2][5] She survived the war and returned to Paris where she worked as a writer and journalist until her retirement. On June 6, 1954 she appeared as a challenger on the TV panel show "What's My Line?" (the mystery guests for that episode were George Burns and Gracie Allen).

She died 6 March 2011 at the age of 87.

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Friang (1958), 12–24.
  2. ^ a b c d Fall, 138.
  3. ^ Friang (1958), 25–27.
  4. ^ Simpson, 29.
  5. ^ Windrow, 249

Published works[edit]

  • Friang, Brigitte. Trans. Cadel, James. 1958. Parachutes and Petticoats. London: Jarrolds.
  • Friang, Brigitte. 1955. Les Fleurs du ciel. Paris: Robert Laffont. ISBN 978-2-221-02334-1
  • Friang, Brigitte. 1976. La Mousson de la liberté. Vietnam, du colonialisme au stalinisme. Paris: Plon. ISBN 978-2259001663
  • Friang, Brigitte. 1977. Un Autre Malraux. Paris: Plon. ISBN 978-2-259-00274-5
  • Friang, Brigitte. 1978. Regarde-toi qui meurs (2 Vols) Paris: France Loisirs. ISBN
  • Friang, Brigitte. 2001. Petit tour autour de Malraux. Paris: Félin. ISBN 978-2-86645-413-5