14 Apr '18, 9am
There’s a road in Jalan Besar named after a disgraced French general-turned-Nazi-collaborator https://t.co/SZdtiXEV6Y
Somewhere in the Jalan Besar area is a street that is well known for a dazzling row of shophouses done in the Singapore Eclectic style. The Petain Road row of shophouses. Aside from that, the street hides a rather embarrassing secret. You see, Singapore’s Petain Road was named after Henri-Philippe Pétain, a decorated World War 1 French general who led France to victory against Germany in 1918. There are quite a number of streets in Singapore which pay tribute to such World War 1 heroes. In 1926, following a municipal decision, a number of streets were renamed to commemorate the World War 1 efforts of prominent British and French generals. Some examples include Beatty Road, Foch Road, Jellicoe Road, Kitchener Road, Tyrwhitt Road, and of course Petain Road. Most of these roads can be found in the Jalan Besar area. Alas, Pétain’s star did not shine for long. After becoming Ch...