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CHANOINE KIR

French CHANOINE KIR

born Félix Adrien KIR

French Catholic priest, resistance fighter and politician

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Born: on January 22, 1876 in Alise-Sainte-Reine, France
Died: on April 25, 1968 in Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France


Biography

Kir was born at Alise-Sainte-Reine on the Côte-d'Or. He entered a small seminary at Plombières-lès-Dijon in 1891 and was ordained 1901. He then worked as a parish priest. During the occupation of France during World War II, he took an active part in the French Resistance, helping with the escape of 5,000 prisoners of war from a camp at Longvic. He was arrested and condemned to death, but he was released because of his status. He continued organising operations, and was seriously wounded, but escaped interrogation by the Gestapo.

In 1945 he was made a knight of the Légion d'honneur and was elected mayor of Dijon and to the French National Assembly. He remained mayor of Dijon up to his death.

A local drink, then locally known as 'blanc-cassis,' consists of white burgundy wine, traditionally Aligoté, mixed with Crème de Cassis, a sweet, blackcurrant-flavored liqueur. Kir habitually served this local drink to delegations and so the drink itself is now known internationally as Kir. An artificial lake built to the west of Dijon was also called Lac Kir.

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