La RATP a déployé il y a quelques temps des panneaux publicitaires Samsung Metrobus sur la ligne 7. Les pubs s’affichent les unes après les autres à une cadence effrénée, en phase sûrement avec la marche des Parisiens qui n’ont qu’une hâte: arriver au boulot le matin, repartir pour la maison le soir.
En descendant à ma station préférée l’autre jour, d’un pas nonchalant, mon oeil s’est arrêté sur un de ces panneaux au moment où une star du journal télévisé, profitant du mercato de l’audiovisuel, expliquait quelle serait sa politique éditoriale sur sa nouvelle chaîne. Mal m’en a pris, après avoir lu une dizaine de mots, Samsung Metrobus avait déjà zappé sur une autre pub.
La prochaine fois, à la maison, c’est moi qui zapperai.
There are great injustices on earth. Lately, my attention was caught by a commemoration plate on the Quai des Grands Augustins, number 25.
Georges Fully was an actor of the French resistance against the Nazi occupation during WWII. He was arrested in January 1944 in Saint-Etienne and deported to Dachau, being one of 25 out of 100 having survived the train journey. After the war, he helped in the identification of victims at Mauthausen and Vaihingen. Working as a French civil servant, he became general medical inspector of the penitentiary administration. Reading from a tribute to him, he was killed criminally at age 47:
at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 June 1973, a man, judged to be 25 to 30 years of age, left a shoebox-size package with the Spanish-speaking female concierge of the building on the Quai des Grands Augustins in Paris where Fully occupied apartment No. 25. The man’s instruction to the concierge was to deliver the package directly into Fully’s hands. After giving a lecture that afternoon, probably at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Créteil where his nomination for professor of legal medicine was under consideration, Fully returned home on a motorcycle given him by a British friend and at 5:00 p.m. was handed the package. He opened the package minutes later in the presence of the concierge and his pet wire-haired dog « Scipion, » and a terrific explosion occurred (Fig. 1). The package had been booby-trapped. Fully and the dog were killed; the woman was seriously wounded. Fully’s funeral was held a week later in the church of Saint-Germain des Prés in Paris, with burial the same day at Arthun, his parents’ home, in the Loire. Intensive police investigation failed to explain the assassination.
Isn’t this totally, completely unjust, having served in the Resistance movement, having survived the deportation, and then murdered by criminals probably because he learned about fake medical certificates that freed accomplices earlier from prison? A link has been suspected with a later assassination, that of Jean de Broglie. Is there still hope that the guilty will be brought before a tribunal?