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Research: it looks as if -- even though the Americans didn't have a system of sending over voluntary nurses, which was my original idea for how Christine arrives back in France -- the French hospitals did use them ("infirmières bénévoles"/"infirmières auxiliaires"), courtesy of various voluntary societies. L'Union des Femmes de France, la Société française de secours aux blessés militaires (S.S.B.M), l'Association des Dames françaises.
http://www.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/sfhm/hsm/HSMx2002x036x004/HSMx2002x036x004x0409.pdf

http://www.racontemoilhistoire.com/2017/04/02/infirmieres-grande-guerre/

http://webdoc.france24.com/grande-guerre-infirmieres-anglaises-poilus-france/

This need not, however, prevent Raoul from disapproving of well-meaning but incompetent volunteers!

Edit: the S.S.B.M. were the only society permitted to operate on the front lines (http://ad.gilles.free.fr/historique.htm). Nurse's uniform:
"une blouse blanche, un voile blanc et un manteau bleu marine sur lequel était cousu un insigne de qualification comportant le symbole de la Croix Rouge française".
http://verdun-meuse.fr/index.php?qs=fr/ressources/objet-du-mois---mars-2013---uniforme-dune-inf




It looks as if in France there were no casualty lists published in the national press, as happened in England; notification of death seems to have been done by official form to the local mairie and then in person to the next of kin.
http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/forum-pages-histoire/annonce-deces-sujet_10476_1.htm
http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/forum-pages-histoire/combattant-annonce-mort-sujet_7585_1.htm
The press was censored to avoid giving away military information and damaging morale: http://www.cndp.fr/crdp-reims/fileadmin/Images/cddp10/Jocelyne/La_Presse_pendant_la_guerre_de_1914_1918.pdf


However I did find evidence of casualties being listed in the local press in connection with All Souls' Day 1915:
http://aetdebesancon.blog.lemonde.fr/2015/11/18/des-listes-de-morts-a-la-guerre-dans-la-presse-locale-en-novembre-1915/
Phraseology: est tombé, fut frappé, mort glorieusement... "Emile Lamblin, du ___ d'infanterie, tué à l'assaut d'une tranchée ennemie" (regiment identities were evidently considered valuable intelligence)

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