Guy Môquet 

Last year I lived near this metro stop in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. It is at right at the base of Montmartre, and if you take exit 4 from the metro onto Rue Lamarck and go uphill, eventually you will end up at Sacre Coeur, a church that overlooks Paris. It is also about a 15 minute walk from Place de Clichy.

It’s in a disputed area of Paris. Not the best but also not the worst. I never had any issues with the area.

The reason I bring up this metro stop is because recently I learned it was named after a Communist militant from the Occupation period. I recently bought a book called When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944, which I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in World War II. While I was reading, I came across the name Guy Môquet and was intrigued due to my own history to that name. It also made me realize why I tended to see an explanation of how he was killed by Nazis on the street signs.

Street named after Guy Môquet. Gives the date he was born and died and says “student shot by the Nazis”. Photo from 20 minutes

Môquet was born in the 18th and was a student at the time he was shot. He spread propaganda against the Nazis and was arrested on the 13th of October in 1940 at Gare de l’Est. He was imprisoned and sent to the camp at Châteaubriant, where there were other Communists as well. He was executed with a group and was the youngest (age 17) to be shot.

It was his last letter to his family that propelled him to be remembered.

Photo from Le Figaro



2 thoughts on “Guy Môquet 

  1. I had no idea that this was the history behind Guy Môquet, but then there are so many street names and metro stops that all come with some sort of history 🙂

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