The French Communist party 1944
Translated: for marxists.org by Mitchell Abidor;
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Translator’s note: The following were the headlines of the French Communist Party’s official journal, “l'Humanité” during the days of the insurrection in Paris and the first days of the Liberation.
Issue no. 1, Monday, August 21, 1944
Issue no. 2, Tuesday August 22, 1944
Reject the appeals to cowardice dictated by the Germans themselves;
Set the PATRIOTIC MILITIAS into action;
Mass demonstrations to allow the entire people took at fortifying mobilize for combat,
Everything is a weapon for those who want to fight.
POPULAR INSURRECTION! GENERAL STRIKE!
Win the battle of Paris and hasten the complete deliverance of the Fatherland!
Issue no. 3, Wednesday August 23, 1944
IN EVERY ARRONDISSEMENT THE COMBAT IS BECOMING FIERCE.
The commandant of the FFI for greater Paris calls for the GENERAL UPRISING OF PARISIANS
It is necessary that everyone: men, women, and children work at fortifying streets, houses, and public buildings; let the entire population participate with courage and abnegation and support the glorious Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur. Form everywhere your groups of PATRIOTIC MILITIAS! Attack is the best defense. Harass the enemy!
NOT A SINGLE KRAUT MUST LEAVE INSURGENT PARIS ALIVE
Issue no. 4, Thursday August 24, 1944
Consolidate the barricades! Unity in combat!
FIGHT LIKE LIONS!
Arm yourselves by disarming the enemy!
TO ARMS! TO ARMS! TO ARMS!
Issue no. 5, Friday August 25, 1944
Honor to the troops that are repelling the Hitlerite hordes!
Long live the Paris of barricades, where the fighting is fierce!
Glory to the FFI, of which the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans are the shock troops!
EVER STRONGER BLOWS AGAINST THE STAGGERING KRAUT!
Issue no. 6, Saturday August 26, 1944
FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER OF OCCUPIED FRANCE THE PEOPLE IN ARMS IS RISING UP TO EXTERMINATE THE INVADER.
At 3:00 PM FROM THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE TO NOTRE DAME THE UNANIMOUS PEOPLE WILL ACCLAIM GERNEAL DEGAULLE
Issue no. 7, Sunday August 27, 1944
VICTORIOUS PARIS SALUTES, IN THE PERSON OF GENRAL DEGAULLE, FRANCE MAINTAINED, THE VICTORIOUS RESISTANCE, the armed struggle that saved the country
The people of the capital demonstrated, in the joy of re-found liberty, its determination to see the war continued until the enemy is crushed, traitors punished, and the country united and master of its future.
The bandits of the Fifth Column continue the perfidious attacks against the patriots, but they are killed without mercy by the troops, the FFI, and the Patriotic Militias, into whose ranks the Parisians are rushing.
Note: below this headline is a photograph of a woman, her head shaved: “This one had her husband executed. While waiting for her to be judged for this ignoble crime her head was shaved and she was exposed to the indignation of the crowd”
Issue no. 8, Monday, August 28, 1944
Issue no. 9, Tuesday, August 29, 1944
Yesterday the postal workers themselves reestablished traffic in the Paris region
Towards the return of commercial activity on a healthy foundation.
Issue no. 10, August 30, 1944