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(literally, “free marksman”), one of the patriotic organizations of the French Resistance movement. Founded in late 1940 in Lyon by a group of left-wing intellectuals and office workers, the organization took its name from the resistance units that sprang up during the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). The organization operated in southern France, mainly in Lyon, Limoges, and Clermont-Ferrand. It was mainly engaged in intelligence work and propaganda. Its central press organ was the newspaper Le Franc Tireur. In early 1943 the organization merged with Combat and Liberation-South to form the United Resistance Movement.