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Word of the Day: sabotage Obtain US

The word sabotage has appeared in 311 articles on in the past year, including on March 17 in the obituary “Simone Segouin, Teenage Fighter in French Resistance, Dies at 97” by Richard Sandomir:

Her name was Simone Segouin, but she was known by her nom de guerre, Nicole.

That’s how Jack Belden, a Life magazine war correspondent, came to know that armed teenage French resistance fighter after he entered Chartres, France, with the United States Third Army in August 1944, around the time of the city’s liberation from German occupation.

… Given false papers saying she was Nicole Minet, of Dunkirk, Ms. Segouin ferried messages and weapons among members of the local partisan network on a bicycle she had stolen from a German. Lt. Boursier said he taught her how to use submachine guns, rifles and handguns. According to President Macron’s office, she also helped the partisans sabotage German troop trains.

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