Teenagers. A Bunch of Lazy No-hopers.

No, not really.

The young just need something to believe in. Something to fight for. A raison d’être., if you will.

Simone Segouin (born October 3, 1925), also known by her nom de guerre Nicole Minet, is a former French Resistance fighter who served in the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans (French Dissidents and Supporters) group. Among her first acts of resistance was stealing a bicycle from a German female military messenger which, after a respray, Simone then used to help carry messages.

She went on to take part in large-scale or otherwise perilous missions, such as capturing German troops, derailing trains, and blowing up bridges.

Simone was present at the liberation of Chartres in August 1944, where her team captured 25 German soldiers, and the liberation of Paris two days later.

After the war Simone was promoted to Lieutenant and awarded the Croix de Guerre. Once life had returned to normal, she became a paediatric nurse.

Simone posing with her (stolen) German MP40 in Chartres“Nicole”, a French Partisan who captured 25 Germans in the Chartres area, posing with a German MP 40 with which she is most proficient. (Original August 1944 caption)

Simone with her trusty (stolen) German MP40 and two compatriots taking cover from a German sniper18 year old Simone Segouin, a French Resistance fighter, taking cover during the liberation of Paris. (August 1944)

In 2016, British charity Soldier On presented Simone with their International Award.

Lord Richard Dannatt, former chief of the British Army and chairman of the judging panel, wrote to Simone explaining why she was chosen.

He wrote: “The award is in recognition of your exemplary courage and devotion to the vital works carried out by the French Resistance during the Second World War. They were an inspiration to your fellow countrymen and women, and to those of us in Britain, more than 70 years ago and they continue to be to this day. We in Britain are still keenly aware of the vital role played by yourself and your comrades in weakening German morale prior to the Allied invasion of France, often at great personal sacrifice. The French Resistance and your part in it proved critical in supporting our armed forces, especially those stranded behind enemy lines.”

image_37a9661f-110a-4402-b206-1dbca775cb83Simone Segouin from Soldier On (2016)

Merci et bravo, Simone.

Simone, and many others like her, are examples of when a much-maligned teenager steps up and deals. Teens need encouragement, not put-downs.

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