Aged 91, Hélie Denoix de Saint Marc, the main Foreign Legion figure participating in the Generals’ Putsch against French president Charles de Gaulle in Algeria in 1961, has died on August 26, 2013.
Born on February 11, 1922, a member of the French Resistence during the WWII, a Buchenwald concentration camp prisoner, a First Indochina War, Suez Crisis and Algerian war participant as a French Foreign Legion officer in the 2e BEP and 1er REP.
In Algeria in 1961, on April 21, Major Hélie Denoix de Saint Marc decided to join the Generals’ putsch in Algiers (the capital of Algeria). The putsch failed after four days and Hélie D. de Saint Marc was captured. Five weeks later, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was freed at Christmas 1966 and fully rehabilitated in 1978.