Who was Honore d’Estienne d’Orves ?

8 May 2021

On this day of commemoration of the Armistice of 1945, let us pay tribute to Honore d'Estienne d'Orves, one of the martyrs of the French resistance.

After a brilliant education, Honore d’Estienne d’Orves joins the National Navy. At the beginning of the Second World War, he is a lieutenant on a cruiser.

Opposed to the surrender of France in 1940, Honore d’Estienne d’Orves decided to reach England where he met General De Gaulle. He joined the Second Office of the the Free French Naval Forces. On December 1940, he crossed the Channel and sets up in Nantes where he organized the Nemrod intelligence network. In January 1941, he is betrayed and arrested, as well as the other members of the network, then sentenced to death and executed.

Honore d’Estienne d’Orves did not live in Nice, but his family owned a large property on the hills since the 19th century. In 2008, the plot of land became a departmental natural park open to the public. The nearby high school and the avenue bear the name of Honore d'Estienne d'Orves.

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