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§856 Alfred Jodl at Reims; De Gaulle and Pétain in Paris (1945): VIII-90.

VIII-90 (§856):

When one of the crucifers of troubled sense found
In the place of consecration, a horned bull shall see
A pork via a virgin, his place then shall be full,
By the king the order shall be no longer sustained.

(Quand des croisez un trouvé de sens trouble
En lieu du sacre verra un bœuf cornu
Par vierge porc son lieu lors sera comble,
Par roy plus ordre ne sera soustenu.)

NOTES: Croisez: = Croisés (crossbearers, crucifers); « CROISÉ. adj. et n.m., (1559, « garni de croix ») (adj. and n., garnished with a cross).» (Petit Robert).

Quand des croisez un trouvé de sens trouble En lieu du sacre verra un bœuf cornu Par vierge porc son lieu lors sera comble, Par roy plus ordre ne sera soustenu: The construction will be as follows: Quand un de sens trouble des croisez [sera] trouvé en lieu du sacre, Un bœuf cornu verra porc par vierge; Son lieu lors sera comble; Ordre ne sera plus soustenu par roy.

When one of the crucifers of troubled sense [shall be] found In the place of consecration: « When among the crossed ones (Nazis) one will be found with troubled mind,.. » (Lamont, 1944, p.232); « VIII.90 1945: Jodle, général nazi et porteur de la croix gammée, viendra signer la reddition de la Wehrmacht à Reims [the place of consecration], alors que... (When Alfred Jodle, Nazi General bearing the swastika, shall come to sign the document of Wehrmacht’s surrender at Reims,…) » (Luni, 1998, p.335); « General Eisenhower kept to the same principle in the surrender document which put an end to the European war at 0241 hours on May 7, 1945. This merciless war had lasted a little over 68 months. When he received the German delegation in the Rheims school which housed Supreme Headquarters of Allied Expeditionary Forces, Lieutenant-General Walter Bedell Smith, Eisenhower’s chief-of-staff, read out the document decided by the Allies. It ordered the simultaneous cessation of hostilities on all fronts on May 8 at 2301 hours, confirmed the total defeat of the armed forces of the Third Reich, and settled the procedure for their surrender according to the principles governing the surrender on Lüneburg Heath. Colonel-General Jodl, General Admiral Friedeburg, and Major Oxenius of the Luftwaffe signed the surrender document in Germany’s name. After Bedell Smith, Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Morgan signed for Great Britain, General Sévez for France, and Major-General Susloparov for the U.S.S.R. Finally Lieutenant-General Carl A. Spaatz, Vice-Admiral Sir Harold M. Burrough, and Air Marshal Sir J. M. Robb signed for the U.S. Air Force, the Royal Navy, and the R.A.F. respectively.» (Bauer, 1979, p.616-617), the expression “of troubled sense” referring to the mind of a military character having suffered a total defeat.

A horned bull shall see A pork via a virgin: De Gaulle (a horned bull), President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic since June 3, 1944 (cf. Jouette, p.310), robust and hardworking like a bull, shall see Pétain (a pork) returning from Germany via Switzerland (a virgin) to be tried in Paris, “horned ” symbolizing the scepter of the supreme authority (presidency), “porc (a pork)” referring to a weak and shameless leader Pétain in reminding the Latin “procus (a wooer, suitor [for an armistice with Hitler])”, and “a virgin” representing Switzerland in her absolute neutrality in WWII; « Pétain was intent on returning home to try to clear his name. In a petition to Hitler, he noted, ‘I can answer for my actions only in France. At my age the only thing one fears is not having done one’s full duty: I wish to do mine.’ Asked at a lunch what he would do if the Marshal returned to France, de Gaulle replied: ‘What do you expect me to do with him? I’ll assign him a residence somewhere in the Midi and I’ll wait for death to come and take him.’ An opinion poll found that 58 per cent of those questioned thought the old soldier should not be tried. A decree of November 1944 had set up a High Court to try Vichy ministers, senior military men and officials. The first case ended with the jailing of Admiral Jean-Pierre Esteva, the Vichy resident governor in Tunisia who had allowed German troops to land there after Operation Torch. He was followed in the dock by General Dentz, who had fought the Free French in Syria and who was condemned to death. De Gaulle commuted the sentence. In March 1945, the court decided to try Pétain. The following month, having been allowed by the Germans to go to Switzerland [from Sigmaringen], the Marshal crossed into France. General Koenig met him at the frontier, refusing to shake the old man’s hand. As his train headed for Paris, it was pelted with stones by local people in the Jura. After arriving, Pétain was held in a fort in the suburb of Montrouge in a small cell furnished only with a bed, a cupboard and a bedside table. At 1 p.m. on 23 July 1945, he entered the court room at the Palais de Justice by the Seine in the centre of Paris, wearing a simple blue uniform adorned only with the country’s highest military honour, the Médaille Militaire.» (Fenby, 2011, p.292-293).

Bœuf (Bull): « BŒUF. « « Un gros garçon d’une douzaine d’années, fort comme un bœuf (A big boy of twelve years, strongt like a bull) » (DAUD.). – Travailler comme un bœuf, beaucoup et sans manifester de fatigue (To work like a bull, a lot and without showing fatigue).» (Petit Robert); « In October 1910, de Gaulle finished his stint in Arras and travelled in heavy rain to Versailles where Saint-Cyr was located. ‘When I entered the army, it was one of the greatest things in the world,’ he remembered. The daily routine was highly demanding. Reveille was at 6.30 a.m. and studies continued until 7.30 p.m. From the start, de Gaulle stood out from his comrades; his height gained him the nickname of ‘the big asparagus’. At a hazing initiation ceremony, he was called out by an older cadet wielding a billiard cue. Showing the self-assurance that already marked him, he stood up calmly and impressed everybody with a rendition of the celebrated ‘big nose’ speech of Cyrano de Bergerac in the play of the same name – although that did not save him from being knocked down on to the backs of other youths kneeling on the floor. Reports praised his conduct, manners, intelligence, character, attitude, zeal, military spirit and resistance to fatigue. His marching was rated highly. The only weak points were sport and shooting. He graduated thirteenth out of 210. A photograph showed him immaculate in a five-buttoned tunic and plumed helmet, with his sword. ‘A highly gifted cadet,’ his passing-out report noted. ‘Conscientious and earnest worker. Excellent state of mind. Will make an excellent officer.’ Supplementary notes by superior officers remarked on his calmness and powers of command and decision.» (Fenby, id., p.52-53).

As to the word “bœuf”, M. Luni invokes an elephant, therefore a “ Bull of Lucania ” for the Romans (Luni, 1998, p.335; cf. Landais, s.v. ‘LUCANIEN’), which may be another way of reasonable interpretation. In fact, de Gaulle was popularly nicknamed so: « Among the few who thought like Mandel was forty-nine-year-old Charles de Gaulle. Standing six foot three inches tall with long arms, he was physically awkward and rarely at ease. He had a little moustache, big ears and a face that bore a resemblance to that of an elephant.» (Fenby, id., p.15). But this is not the real choice of Nostradamus because he surnamed de Gaulle “grand myttee (a big cat)” in the quatrain X-41 (§830).

His place then shall be full
: The court of his trial shall be full: « In his left hand he held his kepi, which he put on a table in front of him as he sat down. The city was suffering from a heat-wave, with stormy skies. The court was packed [His place then shall be full]; some of the journalists in the press gallery had to sit on each other’s knees. It was not an event de Gaulle had particularly wanted. He would probably have preferred his one-time mentor, to whom he referred as ‘Le Maréchal’, never as ‘Pétain’, to have remained in Switzerland and to have been tried in his absence. The General looked gloomy when the Justice Minister, Pierre-Henri Teitgen, reported to him on the trial. ‘Do your duty, do your duty,’ he said while taking care that General Juin, who had served Vichy faithfully until 1942, went on a lengthy foreign mission so that he could not be called as a witness… » (Fenby, id., p.293).

By the king the order shall be no longer sustained
: President de Gaulle [the king] shall commute the sentence [the order] of a death penalty of Pétain to life imprisonment: « ‘Deal with me according to your conscience,’ the Marshal said in his final statement. ‘Mine brings me no reproach since during a life that is already long, and, having arrived at the threshold of death, I state that I have no ambition other than to serve France.’ The jurors repaired to a buffet set up in a side room where they ate and drank well, arguing into the night about the sentence. In the end, by 14 votes to 13, the Vichy leader was condemned under an article of the criminal code that meant the death penalty – the key vote came from a Communist. He was also sentenced to national indignity. Then a proposal that the penalty should not be carried out was adopted. Though the jurors did not know this, de Gaulle had decided to commute the death sentence [By the king the order shall be no longer sustained]. The verdict was announced at 4 a.m. [on August 15]; Pétain was summoned after celebrating mass and making his confession. The Prime Minister provided his own aircraft to fly him to a prison fortress in the Pyrenees where the Vichy regime had held Third Republic politicians. Three months later, he was moved to a desolate island off the coast of western France, where he was allocated two rooms in a fort and cared for himself in all ways except for cutting his toenails, an art he had forgotten when attended by a pedicure specialist at Vichy. He remained on the Île d’Yeu until he died in July 1951 at the age of ninety-five, growing increasingly depressed, physically infirm and mentally senile. In a verdict written fifteen years later, de Gaulle judged that his life had been ‘successively banal, then glorious, then deplorable, but never mediocre’.» (Fenby, id., p.295-296).

As for the quatrains concerning Pétain and Charles de Gaulle, cf. IV-32 (§828), III-47 (§829), X-41 (§830), III-100 (§855), III-14 (§906) and III-72 (§907).
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We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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