In Bayeux, Emmanuel Macron celebrates de Gaulle and the “renaissance” of France | EUROtoday

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The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte Macron, in Bayeux (Calvados), June 7, 2024.

Emmanuel Macron accomplished his “memorial peregrination” celebrating the eightieth anniversary of the Liberation, Friday June 7, in Bayeux, sub-prefecture of Calvados, on the very place the place General de Gaulle started, just a few days after the Landing, the reconquest of the “republican sovereignty” from France.

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“Here, on this square in Bayeux, on the afternoon of June 14, the voice of General de Gaulle greeted the crowd and beyond, France and the world”, recalled the Head of State in entrance of some hundred individuals who got here to hearken to him. On the outdated Castle Square (since renamed Place du Général de Gaulle) lined with century-old lime bushes, the chief of Free France, having barely arrived from England after 4 years of exile, delivered his well-known Bayeux speech. That day, “in a few sentences”he “once again galvanizes the forces of internal resistance”states Emmanuel Macron.

In Bayeux, in June 1944, “a voice takes on a human face”, he continues. With the “words from Bayeux”which comprise in just a few strains, General de Gaulle, whom the French found, “embodies the rebirth of France”. In the sub-prefecture of Calvados, a trustworthy companion of the final “throws the portrait of Marshal Pétain to the ground”. While she is just not “not yet free from the Nazi yoke”France “reborn by the force of the State”, “France is reborn in the order of the Republic”insists Emmanuel Macron.

“What founds us as a nation”

That day in Bayeux, “nothing was written. But by the will of a man and by the intuition of a people, everything was resettled.”. In this city liberated on June 7 without suffering destruction, “France is reborn around what founds us as a nation: a thousand-year history, the independence of the country, the sovereignty of the people, the authority of the State”insists Emmanuel Macron.

Two days before the European elections, he calls on the French not to“never forget” they are “all citizens of a nation, of a Republic greater than us, because it is the fruit of a will, every day, every day reinvented”.

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“So when times are difficult and when fear or resignation threatens to win, always, always, this is France, our duty and our opportunity”, concludes the Head of State, whereas the far proper is given the massive favourite in Sunday's election, regardless of its private involvement within the electoral marketing campaign. In Bayeux, General de Gaulle had felt “joy, pride, national hope rising from the depths of the abyss”, he wrote in his Memoirs. Enough to encourage his distant successor, eighty years later.