Jacques Bonsergent


Europe, France, Paris

Jacques Bonsergent is a station of the Paris Métro, serving line 5. The name refers to the Place Jacques Bonsergent, named for Jacques Bonsergent, an engineer who became the first Parisian (and possibly first French) civilian executed by the German occupation in 1940. The station was named Lancry until 1946. Bonsergent was born at Malestroit, in 1912 and was condemned to death by a German military tribunal on 5th December 1940 after being accused, and found guilty, of an act of violence against German soldiers during the night of 10th November. The execution was carried out on 23rd December 1940 at the Bois de Vincennes; the commanding officer was Général Otto von Stūlpnagel. Bonsergent's remains lie in the cemetery at Malestroit, Brittany.