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RESISTANCE. The opposition of force to force.
     2. Resistance is either lawful or unlawful. 1. It is lawful to resist one who is in the act of committing a felony or other crime, or who maliciously endeavors to commit such felony or crime. See self defence. And a man may oppose force to force against one who endeavors to make an arrest, or to enter his house without lawful authority for the purpose; or, if in certain cases he abuse such authority, and do more than he was authorized to do; or if it turn out in the result he has no right to enter, then the party about to be imprisoned, or whose house is about to be illegally entered, may resist the illegal imprisonment or entry by self-defence, not using any dangerous weapons, and may escape, be rescued, or even break prison, and others may assist him in so doing. 5 Taunt. 765; 1 B. & Adol, 166; 1 East, P. C. 295; 5 East, 304; 1 Chit. Pr. 634. See Regular and Irregular Process.
     3.-2. Resistance is unlawful when the persons having a lawful authority to arrest, apprehend, or imprison, or otherwise to advance or execute the public justice of the country, either civil or criminal, and using the proper means for that purpose, are resisted in so doing; and if the party guilty of such resistance, or others assisting him, be killed in the struggle, such homicide is justifiable; while on the other hand, if the officer be killed, it will, at common law, be murder in those who resist. Fost. 270; 1 Hale, 457; 1 East, P. C. 305.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Jean Moulin was a hero of the French Resistance who was smuggled out of France to London to meet Charles de Gaulle, leader of the 'Free French'.
The French Resistance was the collection of French movements that fought against the Nazi German occupation of France and the collaborationist Vichy regime during the Second World War.
Because of regional interests and the competitive nature of the relationship between different intelligence networks within the French Resistance, "the BCRA effectively became a tributary, sometimes even a hostage, to local Resistance groups in intelligence collection and action missions." (14) While this may have destroyed the BCRA's ability to provide accurate, timely information, the underlying reality remained that "the intelligence networks in France had loyalties to different leaders but they were united in wanting to work for the defeat of Nazi Germany and the liberation of France." (15) This unifying factor allowed Colonel Passy to become one of the most prolific military intelligence officers of all time, despite working in exile.
Critique: The extraordinary and engrossing memoir of an American army medic who worked with the French Resistance, To the Fire of Normandy and Beyond: Behind Enemy Lines during World War II is riveting from cover to cover.
Four months into this activity, she was betrayed by either the sister of a French resistance operative or an SOE officer who was suspected of being a double agent for the Nazis.
His base during these holidays with his wife Clementine was at Domaine du Paradou, a The house features tunnels used during the war by the French resistance to evade capture by the Nazis, and an Ionic column in the garden was given to the owners by underwater explorer and TV star Jacques Cousteau.
His Halifax heavy bomber was shot down in 1944; initially presumed dead by the government, he parachuted to safety in northern France, managed to contact the underground and worked with French resistance, posing as an Indochinese student, earning the Croix de Guerre.
The Extreme Right in the French Resistance: Members of the Cagoule and Corvignolles in the Second World War.
Opens Friday Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in this WWII romantic thriller about a Canadian officer and a French Resistance fighter who fall in love while on a mission to kill a top-ranking German official.
This is not a one-sided account of the French resistance during World War II, when France was divided between the Nazi-occupied north and the collaborationist Vichy regime of the south.