20th century:

§905 Pétain, De Gaulle and Churchill (1940-1959): III-14.

By the branch of the valiant personnel
Of the lowest France: by the unfavored father
Honours, riches work in his old ages
Because of his having believed the counsel of a victorious man.

(Par le rameau du vaillant personnage
De France infime, par le pere infelice
Honneurs, richesses travail en son viel aage
Pour avoir creu le conseil d’homme nice.)

NOTES: S. Hutin (1972, p.164) offers a good diagnosis of this quatrain: “The important political role of the general De Gaulle notwithstanding his advanced age (Vth Republic).” And M. Dufresne (1992, p.82-83) fails to develop the theme of Hutin in deviating from it away into focussing his analyses on the career of Philippe Pétain, whose real role in this quatrain seems to be limited to what the line 2 explained: “The lowest France (under the German controle) because of (by) the unfavored father (Philippe Pétain)”, all the other verses are considered to be pertinent to De Gaulle.

This quatrain with few punctuations requires our sensitivities in interpreting it grammatically and historically. For example, Dufresne took no notice of the grammatical role of the first preposition “Par (By)”, which ought to be reffered to “Honneurs, richesses travail en son viel aage”. So, the grammatical construction is as follows: {Honneurs, richesses [&] travail en son viel aage par le rameau du vaillant personnage de France (infime par le pere infelice), pour avoir creu le conseil d’homme nice.}

In this perspective, the first preposition “Par (By)” refers to the politics of the Fifth Republic of De Gaulle aged 67 in 1958 (work in his old ages) that made the post-war France honorable and rich (Honours, riches).

The valiant personnel: This expression does not necessarily and directly indicate Marshal Pétain in particular, but the French military class in general, where Marshal Pétain is like a father and De Gaulle like a branch in their wartime relation: “In better times the British would have retreated to their Isles, much as they suspected the Americans of wanting to retreat to their continent, and left the security of Western Europe to its traditional guardians, the French. As recently as 1938, this had been the basis of British strategic calculation: that France, the strongest military power on the continent, could be relied on as a counterweight not just to German ambitions in cetral Europe but even against future Soviet threats further east. This image of France as a–the–European Great Power was shaken at Munich, but outside the chancelleries of Eastern Europe it was not yet broken. The seismic shock that ran through Europe in May and June 1940, when the great French army collapsed and fell apart before the Panzer onslaught across the Meuse and through Picardy, was thus all the greater for being so unexpected.” (Judt, 2005, p.112-113).

The lowest France: by the unfavored father: “The shattering defeat of June 1940 was followed by four years of humiliating, demeaning, subservient occupation, with Marshal Pétain’s Vichy regime.” (Judt, id., p.113).

Because of his having believed the counsel of a victorious man: This is a very important comment as to De Gaulle in wartime, who was cooperating in exile in London with the English Prime Minister W. Churchill who recognized the personality and opinions of De Gaulle and recommended him as chief of Free France among the Allies: “ The new French government (established at Vichy) broke off relations with Great Britain after the British had seized or destroyed French warships they feared might fall into German hands. With only a handful of neutral states left in Europe, the USSR supplying Germany with the war materials it asked for, no ally left on the continent, half of France, the whole of Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway occupied by the Germans, so that the European coast from the Pyrenees to the North Cape was in German hands, Great Britain faced a strategic situation worse by far than that even of her struggle against Napoleon. She was not quite alone, it is true; all the Dominions except the Irish Free State had entered the war on her side, and a number of governments in exile from the overrun continent had still some small forces under their command. Frenchmen, Norwegians, Danes, Dutch, Belgians, Czechs and Poles were to fight gallantly, and often to outstanding effect, in the years ahead. The allegiance of some Frenchmen was especially important because of the potential for exploitation of the French overseas Empire, whose fate was in many places uncertain, but their leader, a junior general who had left France before the armistice (and had been condemned to death in absentia), Charles de Gaulle, represented only a faction within France, not its legal government, and was distrusted by many Frenchmen. He saw himself nevertheless as constitutional legatee of the Third Republic and the custodian of France’s interests and honor and began almost at once to show an independence which was in the end to make him the greatest servant of France since Clemançeau. He was soon recognized by the British as ‘leader of the Free French'.” (Roberts, 1999, p.414-415).

A victorious man: English Prime Minister W. Churchill that gained through the most challenged situation of the United Kingdom the victory of the Allied Powers against the Axis in cooperation with the leaders of the same camp in WWII.

Homme nice: Although the French word ‘nice’ has ordinarily a meaning of “foolish, silly, without experience” (Godefroy), it is not congruent with the context that is insisting upon the favourable advice of the man to intensify Free France of De Gaulle.

Now, Nice as the name of a city has a meaning of Victory in Greek: νἰκη (nikē) (cf. Pillon, p.106; Torné-Chavigny, 1861, p.58), and this option is not exceptional in Nostradamus, for the Prophet often affords such kind of expressions in employing Proper Names as descriptive terms: e.g. of the other 6 uses of the term ‘Nice’, ‘nice’ or ‘Nisse’, 4 times (III-82, VII-30, X-60, X-87) for the proper name and twice (V-64, IX-26) for victory; Monech (Monaco) for moine (monk) (VI-62 - Tornné-Chavigny, 1862, p.56); Gennes (Gênes, Genoa) for gêne (consraint, torture) (IV-66, V-64 - Tornné-Chavigny, 1862, p.33), etc.

Moreover, W. Churchill is somehow identified distinctively as “a silly” (only in appearane, of course) by Nostradamus in the quatrains dealing with him properly (cf.§804, §809, §818, §821).

Then, “homme nice” is for W. Churchill as a man of victory and at the same time a seeming silly.

Honours, riches work in his old ages by the branch of the valiant personnel: “ In any case the Fourth Republic itself could not deliver France; it was too weak to deliver anything permanently. For France to embrace Germany, it required the self-confidence born of renewed strength; and a man and a regime which embodied that confidence. It was Adenauer’s great fortune that he survived long enough to capitalize on de Gaulle’s triumphant return to power [1958.6.1] and the birth of the Fifth Republic [1958.10.5]. The recovery of France in the 1960s and the 1970s is one of the most striking phenomena of modern times.” (Johnson, 1991, p.587).
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
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 219 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§949).

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