Brigitte Friang

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Brigitte Friang (23 January 1924 – 6 March 2011) was a French journalist and writer.[1]

Friang was born in Paris in 1924 and immediately after leaving school in Paris in 1943 joined the French resistance.[2] 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.[2][3]

After the war, Friang was liberated and returned to Paris where she worked for four years as a press aide to André Malraux, before becoming a journalist.[2] In 1953, she was sent to French Indochina as a war correspondent.[3][4] 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.[3][5] 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.[3][6] 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).

Friang died 6 March 2011 at the age of 87.

Published works[edit]

  • Parachutes and Petticoats. Translated by Cadel, James. London: Jarrolds. 1958. ASIN B0006DCEQY. B0000CK0Z8. 
  • Les Fleurs du ciel [The Flowers of Heaven] (in French). Paris: Robert Laffont. 1955. ISBN 978-2-221-02334-1. 
  • La Mousson de la liberté. Vietnam, du colonialisme au stalinisme [The Storm of freedom. Vietnam, from colonialism to Stalinism] (in French). Paris: Plon. 1976. ISBN 978-2259001663. 
  • Un Autre Malraux [Another Malraux] (in French). Paris: Plon. 1977. ISBN 978-2-259-00274-5. 
  • Regarde-toi qui meurs 1943–1945 [Look at You Who Die 1943–1945] (in French) (2 Vols ed.). Paris: France Loisirs. 1978. ISBN 9782724203820. 
  • Petit tour autour de Malraux [Little Bit About Malraux] (in French). Paris: Félin. 2001. ISBN 978-2-86645-413-5. 

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Décès de la résistante Brigitte Friang" [Death of the resistant Brigitte Friang]. Le Figaro. Obituary (in French). Mar 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Friang (1958), 12–24.
  3. ^ a b c d Fall, 138.
  4. ^ Friang (1958), 25–27.
  5. ^ Simpson, 29.
  6. ^ Windrow, 249