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Emmanuel Macron, during the entry ceremony of Missak and Mélinée Manouchian into the Panthéon, in Paris, February 21, 2024.

Barely closed the “time one” commemorations of the eightieth anniversary of the Second World War, that of “Resistance as a form of resilience”began across the tribute to Jean Moulin in 2023 and closed with the entry of Missak and Mélinée Manouchian into the Panthéon, on February 21, 2024, Emmanuel Macron will open, Sunday April 7, “time two”that of “Liberation as the rebirth of the country”. In the Bornes massif, in Haute-Savoie, the President of the Republic will first pay tribute to the resistance fighters of the Glières plateau, whom the German military undertook to get rid of on the finish of March 1944. Then will go to Izieu, within the Ain, to honor the reminiscence of the forty-four Jewish youngsters rounded up by the Lyon Gestapo on April 6, 1944, deported and murdered at Auschwitz.

Read the story | Article reserved for our subscribers Missak and Mélinée Manouchian enter the Panthéon after a transferring and dedicated ceremony

This double journey is barely step one in an extended sequence of commemorations, which can fill the presidential agenda till the primary frost. The Head of State will rejoice the resistance fighters from the inside and the maquis within the Vercors on April 16; then the Marseille Resistance, on May 8, which marks the top of the Second World War… and the arrival of the Olympic flame within the Marseille metropolis; the touchdown of allied forces on June 5, 6 and seven in Normandy, the end result of the commemorations, on the eve of the European elections; on July 7, he’ll attend the normal tribute paid to Georges Mandel, former Minister of the Interior persecuted by the Nazis and assassinated by the Militia; it can honor the fighters who got here from overseas on the touchdown seashores of Provence, round August 15; will rejoice the Liberation of Paris on August 25 within the capital; and at last that of Strasbourg, on November 23.

At the start of 2025, Emmanuel Macron will open a “third time” of those commemorations, that of “the recognition of France in the concert of nations”, already pronounces the Elysée. A memorial deployment which makes the deputy (MoDem) for Hauts-de-Seine Jean-Louis Bourlanges say that the “the commemorative vein of the President of the Republic is undoubtedly the most fertile”.

Avalanche of tributes

Even earlier than his election, Emmanuel Macron was decided to make “reconciliation of memories” a particular mark of his mandate. “The past always burns our time, and the present is full of what has been”acknowledged, the 1er May 2016, on the sq. in entrance of Orléans Cathedral, François Hollande's Minister of the Economy, got here to pay tribute to Joan of Arc. Seven years later, the historian Jean Garrigues believes he detects “an enjoyment of these memorial events” on the former assistant of the thinker Paul Ricoeur – writer of Memory, History, Forgetting (Threshold, 2000) or on the very least “personal taste” for these formal ceremonies.

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