Riffaud speaks about the liberation of Paris in 1944 during an interview with the AFP at her apartments in Paris.
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One sunny summer Sunday in 1944, Madeleine Riffaud hopped off her bicycle and followed a German officer who was taking a stroll on one of the most picturesque bridges over the River Seine in Paris.Riffaud, now 94, was one of the most remarkable Resistance leaders who helped liberate the French capital in August 1944 .A day or two later, Riffaud was back in action commanding a group of fighters in the working class northeast of Paris as a popular revolt against the Nazis broke out across the city.GERMAN ARMS TRAIN AMBUSHHer biggest exploit was capturing a German arms and supply train and taking the 80 soldiers on board prisoner with just three men and a heroic French train driver.Riffaud returned to the front lines after the war as a radically engaged journalist, meeting the Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, covering the Algerian War of Independence and living with the Viet Cong guerrillas fighting the Americans in South Vietnam before returning to France.
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