CESA Chronicle (17): Geneviève de Galard, an aviatrix at Diêne Bién Phu

25 June 2024 Press review
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Relive the incredible story of Geneviève de Gallard, an air courier during the Indochina war.

In 1954, after her plane crashed, Geneviève de Gallard found herself a prisoner in the Dien Bien Phu camp. For almost two months, this young nurse treated soldiers with self-sacrifice and exemplarity.

Refusing to be liberated by the victors until all the wounded had been repatriated, her act of courage and dedication would make her a living legend.

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By Air Actualités / Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace

Published May 17, 2023

CESA Podcasts

They've lent their voices to the Air and Space Force! Three officers from the Citizen Reserve have volunteered their time to host the Air and Space Force's podcast channel, La chronique du CESA.

François-Eric Gendron, Nathalie Tinjod and Bérangère de Beaucoudray

Nathalie Tinjod, international civil servant with the European Space Agency (ESA), and François-Eric Gendron, renowned European actor, Bérangère de Beaucoudrey, communications director and then strategy consultant, took part in the exercise with professionalism and enthusiasm.

Driven by the same passion for aeronautics and history, committed to the Army-Nation bond and to young people, these ambassadors have become transmitters of history and relays of memory. To slip into the cockpit of Elizabeth Boselli, Elisa Deroche or Saint Exupéry, Roland Garros, Louis Blériot and put on their glasses, to relive and recount their epic, to embody Geneviève de Galard, the angel of Diên Bién Phu ... what an honor and what an emotion, an experience rich in meaning to make these exceptional lives known to the general public!

Thank you to these reservists, who are convinced of their role in promoting the Air and Space Force.