The radio broadcaster transmitted coded messages to underground networks in occupied France during WWII
In this file photo taken on June 17, 2009 Franck Bauer, the last speaker of Radio Londres, (Radio London), a radio broadcast from 1940 to 1944 from the BBC in London to occupied France, poses in Paris. (AFP/Patrick Kovarik)
PARIS — Franck Bauer, a French radio broadcaster who transmitted coded messages to underground networks in France during the Nazi occupation, has died at 99.
His son, French singer Axel Bauer, said on Twitter that his father had been the last living announcer of a radio broadcast in French by the BBC in London from 1940 to 1944. He died Friday.
The broadcast that French citizens secretly listened to with wireless radios gave news from the free world, countered Nazi propaganda and transmitted coded instructions to resistance fighters.