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Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, at the Normandy American cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados), during the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the Landings, June 6, 2024.

The British ceremony organized for the 80e anniversary of the Landings started with out Emmanuel Macron, Thursday June 6. The clock grasp arrived fifteen minutes late on the British Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer (Calvados). The protocol didn’t anticipate the arrival of the presidential couple, so the ceremony started at 10:30 a.m., as deliberate: the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, gave the welcoming speech to the veterans, then King Charles III and Queen Camilla, inviting powers, entered the location, alone. The late couple appeared in the midst of the ceremony, welcomed by the Prime Minister.

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No applause to greet the arrival of the President of the Republic, nor effusions between the 2 {couples}. The British hardly appreciated the casualness of the pinnacle of state. “How can the French president be fifteen minutes late for a significant worldwide occasion in France? »Adam Parsons, a journalist on Sky News, a 24-hour information channel based mostly in London, mentioned indignantly on the social community

We had already come near a diplomatic incident, on June 6, 2014, for the seventieth anniversary of the Landing: Queen Elizabeth II needed to anticipate twenty minutes within the official automobile earlier than with the ability to go away the fortress of Bénouville (Calvados), the place the occasion happened the lunch of heads of state invited by the President of the Republic François Hollande, as a result of the limousine of American President Barack Obama was too broad to exit by way of the gates. “The British normally, and topped heads particularly, are morbidly punctual », Testifies the journalist and essayist Marc Roche.

Test for veterans

The fifteen minutes misplaced on the British Memorial not solely weren’t made up, however they grew to become thirty minutes on the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados), 30 kilometers away, the place the ceremony was to start at 12:30 p.m. American. Joe and Jill Biden waited stoically for the arrival of the Macrons to open the ceremony. A check for the veterans, who needed to be moved in order to not undergo sunstroke whereas ready.

At the beginning of the afternoon, the President of the Republic set his report straight. He was current in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados) at 3:30 p.m., as deliberate in this system, to welcome the fifteen heads of state and authorities and their spouses invited by France for the worldwide ceremony.

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