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Vialle, Jane  

Richard A. Bradshaw

journalist, politician, and female rights activist in the French colony of Ubangi-Shari in French Equatorial Africa (now the Central African Republic), was born at Ouesso, Middle Congo (Republic of the Congo [Brazzaville]), on 27 August 1906 to a Congolese mother and a European father who was an agent and then director of the Compagnie des Sultanats du Haut-Oubangui, a French concessionary company in the upper Ubangi region of Ubangi-Shari. After growing up in Bangassou, where the headquarters of the Compagnie des Sultanats was located, Jane was educated in Paris and became a journalist for the news agency Opéra Mundi.

While in France in 1940, Vialle joined the underground Résistance movement at Marseille; in 1943 she was arrested and sent to a concentration camp and then to a prison from which she managed to escape Her heroism earned her the Medal of the Résistance After the Liberation of France ...