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Emmanuel Macron started the commemorations of the eightieth anniversary of the Normandy landings on Wednesday, welcoming the final veterans of Operation Overlord. During a speech, the French president drew a parallel between the values ​​of outdated and new generations.

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A day devoted to veterans of the Second World War. Emmanuel Macron praised, Wednesday June 5, the “spirit of sacrifice” of the liberators of France by launching three days of ceremonies for the eightieth anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, which can deliver collectively the principle Western leaders at a time when the battle hits Europe once more.

“I know our country is strong in its bold, valiant youth, ready for the same spirit of sacrifice as its elders,” declared the Head of State throughout a primary tribute to Plumelec, in Morbihan.

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“As the dangers mount”, “you remind us that we are ready to make the same sacrifices to defend what is most dear to us: our land of France and our republican values”, he instructed the items of as we speak's elite, represented in numbers.

The president paid tribute to the reminiscence of the Breton maquisards and the primary paratroopers of Free France throughout the SAS, the British particular forces, who launched Operation Overlord on the evening of June 5 to six to open a brand new entrance towards Adolf Hitler .

Cultivate “memory”

The Landing of June 6, organized within the biggest secrecy by the Allies and the boys of General de Gaulle, would open the best way to the liberation of France and the defeat of Nazi Germany, and due to this fact to the tip of the Second World War.

It was in Plumelec that “the first French soldier of the D-Day landings fell”, Corporal Émile Bouétard, “young sailor from Côtes-d'Armor” who had joined England, recalled Emmanuel Macron.

“He was a friend of mine,” added Colonel Achille Muller, the final of the French paratroopers who participated within the operation.


To youthful generations, this “99 and a half year old” man advises to domesticate “memory”. “If France were attacked tomorrow, they would have to do the same thing as us,” he says, purple beret screwed on his head in a really mild drizzle.

Like him, veterans nonetheless alive are within the highlight throughout these celebrations, particularly since on account of their age, this would be the final main assembly during which they may be capable to take part. Dozens of American, Canadian and British veterans, a few of whom participated within the Landings, have already arrived in Normandy.

Several heads of state anticipated in France on Thursday

The United Kingdom additionally commemorates the occasion. King Charles, at present being handled for most cancers, presided over a ceremony in Portsmouth, southern England. “Let us recommit ourselves to always remember, cherish and honor those who have served,” he instructed a crowd waving hundreds of small British flags.

Joe Biden arrived in France on Wednesday morning. On Thursday, the President of the United States will be a part of the seashores of Normandy for the worldwide ceremony to commemorate D-Day.

In his presence, but in addition with Charles III, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and even the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, Emmanuel Macron will be capable to show the unity of Westerners whereas a significant battle as soon as once more hits Europe.

With AFP