Spy for the French resistance Alliance network who reported on the development of the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket to British intelligence
Jeannie Rousseau, who has died aged 98, was a spy for the French resistance Alliance network who sent crucial information to British intelligence about the development of the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket. This enabled the British to severely dent the impact of these war-changing weapons. She was deported to the women’s concentration camp of Ravensbrück, which she barely survived. After the second world war she said almost nothing about her exploits and only latterly gained the recognition she deserved.
In 1943 Rousseau was working in Paris for a public relations agency liaising between the German occupying forces and French industrialists who were tied into the German war economy. She had regular meetings with the German military command at their headquarters at the Hotel Majestic, Avenue Kléber, near the Arc de Triomphe.