Hubert Germain, born August 6, 1920 in Paris and died October 12, 2021 in the same city, is a French resistance fighter and politician.
Engaged in the Free French Forces during World War II, he then pursued a political career, during which he was mayor of Saint-Chéron in Essonne and deputy for the fourteenth district of Paris (13th arrondissement). Between 1972 and 1974, he was minister in the Messmer governments.
Made a companion of the Liberation in 1944, he is the last member of this order to die.
Family and formation
Hubert Germain was born on August 6, 1920 in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. He is the son of French general Maxime Germain.
Following his father's assignments, he was educated at the Franco-Arab secular mission in Damascus from 1930 to 1932, completed his education at the Lycée Albert-Sarraut in Hanoi, where he passed his baccalaureate, then at the Lycée Saint-Louis in Paris. . He then studied in preparatory classes at the Lycée Michel-Montaigne in Bordeaux.
In mid-June 1940, when he passed the competitive examination for the Naval School, the Germans entered Paris. He then decides to make a white copy so as not to have to serve in an army under the orders of the enemy.
On October 3, 1945, he married Simone Millon with whom he had three children.
Hubert Germain refuses the armistice of June 22, 1940. He decides to continue the fight and join Great Britain with three of his comrades. On June 24, 1940, they managed to embark on the Adandora Star in Saint-Jean-de-Luz bound for Liverpool. At Olympia Hall in London, he enlisted in the Free French Forces. He trained as a naval officer cadet aboard the battleship Courbet.
In the spring of 1941, he was assigned to the 1st French Free Division (1st DFL) in Palestine, commanded by General Legentilhomme. He takes part in the campaign of Syria within the staff of the division.
In September 1941, at the end of his training as an officer in Damascus, he was appointed aspirant and assigned to the staff of the 1st Free French Brigade commanded by General Kœnig.
In February 1942, he was assigned to the 13th demi-brigade of the Foreign Legion (13th DBLE). He took part, as head of the anti-tank section, in the battle of Bir Hakeim, where he was named to the order of the army.
In September 1942, he was appointed second lieutenant.
Within the 1st French Free Division (1st DFL), he took part in the Battle of El Alamein then in the Tunisian campaign.
On May 24, 1944, during the Italian campaign, in Pontecorvo near Monte Cassino, he was wounded and evacuated to Naples.
In August 1944, he participated in the landing of Provence and in the battles of the 1st French army which went up the Rhône valley towards Germany.
After the Liberation, he became aide-de-camp to General Kœnig who commanded the French occupation forces in Germany from July 1945 to September 21, 1949.
Civil and political career
Hubert Germain worked from 1950 to 1952 as an executive for the Cinzano company [insufficient source], in Gennevilliers.
From 1953 to 1965, he was mayor of Saint-Chéron (then located in Seine-et-Oise, today in Essonne).
From 1960 to 1962, he was in charge of mission in the cabinet of Pierre Messmer, Minister of the Armed Forces, then technical advisor from 1967 to 1968. He was employed there as parliamentary attaché to the Minister. He takes note of the interventions of the deputies and senators and answers them by signing the letter of the name of the minister of which he is "secretary of the hand", authorized function, endowed with an internal delegation to the ministry. [Disputed relevance] He is then deputy from the fourteenth district of Paris, in the 13th arrondissement, first from 1962 to 1967, then from 1968 to 1972, and finally in 1973. He is also secretary