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Homage to resistance members René Borghini and Esther Poggio

On Monday 10 July, H.S.H. the Prince paid a moving tribute to René Borghini and Esther Poggio, arrested in Monaco in July 1944 for the offence of resistance and shot on 15 August, 1944 in Nice.

In the presence of cousins of René Borghini and representatives of Monegasque Institutions, the Sovereign Prince unveiled a commemorative plaque, placed on the National Council building in Monaco.

A Monegasque, who was appointed Secretary to the Presidency of the National Council in 1938, René Borghini joined the "Gallia-Reims" resistance network in July 1943. He was arrested in Monaco by 6 Gestapo officers, 3 July, 1944.

Frenchwoman, Esther Poggio, who joined the same intelligence network as Borghini, became his contact and took on the role of "mail box" under the pseudonym of "La Marquise". She was arrested in Monaco, 7 July, 1944. They were shot at l'Ariane, 15 August, 1944.

H.S.H. the Prince was keen to salute the courage and the heroism of these two resistance members in lifting the veil, in a process of transparency, on a dark time in Monegasque history, with lucidity, without compromise nor prejudice.

Posthumously, René Borghini has received many distinctions from the French and Monegasque authorities for his commitment to the service of freedom.

Homage to resistance members René Borghini and Esther Poggio