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Monument à Louise de Bettignies

Monument to the dead (LILLE)

Louise de Bettignies joined the British Intelligence Service in 1915 and was given the job of setting up a network of spies to collect information on German activities in Northern France. Her work was initially limited to the city of Lille but gradually, with the help of Marie-Léonie Vanhoutte, she developed her activities to take in an area which stretched as far as Saint-Quentin. Arrested on 21 October 1915, Louise de Bettignies died on 27 September 1918 in a German prison. Today, a statue of the Queen of Spies continues to watch over the city of Lille.