17 June 2022: ceremony in honour of Jean Moulin
© E. Rabot / SGACOM / Ministère des Armées
On 17 June every year, a ceremony is held at the Pantheon, in Paris,
corresponding to the date of Jean Moulin’s first act of resistance, on 17 June 1940.
Born in Béziers in 1899, Jean Moulin studied law before becoming the youngest sub-prefect, then the youngest prefect, in France.
At the time of the rout of June 1940, Moulin was prefect of Chartres, where, on 17 June, he committed his first act of resistance. Sacked by the Vichy Government, he left for London.
On the night of 1 January 1942, he was parachuted into Provence tasked with two missions, one civilian, one military: to coordinate the activities of the Resistance movements and organise a secret army.
Moulin was made a Companion of Liberation on 17 October 1942 and became the first chairman of the National Council of the Resistance (CNR). Arrested in Caluire on 21 June 1943, he was tortured and died on his transfer to Germany.
On 19 December 1964, his ashes were buried at the Pantheon.
Find out more:
Read a biography of Jean Moulin (1899-1943) and historical articles about his actions to unifiy the Résistance, in particular through the CNR program
Access the ressources of museums and remembrance sites:
Le Centre National Jean Moulin in Bordeaux
Le Mémorial Jean Moulin in Caluire
Source: Ministère des Armées - Photomontage based on stills of the ceremony at the Pantheon: © Jacques Robert - Minarm | SGA - Portrait of Jean Moulin: © Legs Antoinette Sasse, Paris Musées