Writer and philosopher wished to liberate the press from the power of money
Enda O’Doherty of the Irish Times
Thu, Nov 7, 2013,
“The clandestine Resistance newssheet Combat published 58 issues during the German occupation of France, which appeared sporadically as conditions allowed. When, after the Liberation, it was established as a “proper” daily newspaper and sold openly on the streets, the first issue nevertheless bore the number 59, in tribute to colleagues who had been shot or deported to the Reich as forced labourers.
Speaking to his fellow Frenchmen and Frenchwomen in this issue, Combat’s editor-in-chief sounded a surprisingly cautious note: rather than celebrating the country’s deliverance from the shame of les années noires (the black years) and looking to a brighter future, he chose to highlight the deficiencies of the democratic pre-war era when, in his words, France may have had the appearances of liberty but was in fact a society “caught in the tight grip of money”.
That editor, Albert Camus, was born 100 years ago today.”