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US NewsFrench protest against 'monstrous' British D-Day memorial

15:16  19 february  2019
15:16  19 february  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Protest leader Maxi Krause said the French owe the allies "boundless gratitude," but simply do not support the plans. "There is already a British "This project is so monstrous . It's like a supermarket from the point of view of its size. There will be a wall more than seven metres high and 30 metres

Normandy villagers take on British in battle of the D - Day memorial : Locals complain about This is the site of the planned D - Day memorial which residents of Ver-sur-Mer say will block their view out to She added: ‘This project is so monstrous . It’s like a supermarket from the point of view of its size.

French protest against 'monstrous' British D-Day memorial © Other The proposed project is 'monstrous', say opponents. Pic: Normandy Memorial Trust

Villagers in France are trying to stop the building of a "monstrous" D-Day memorial to the sacrifice of British soldiers.

The proposed construction in Ver-sur-Mer, whose centrepiece is a statue of a British soldier attacking a Normandy beach by British sculptor David Williams-Ellis, was backed earlier this month by Prince Charles.

It should have been opened by Theresa May and Emanuel Macron in January last year, but instead the countries' leaders are expected to lay the foundation stone on the anniversary of the D-Day landings in June.

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French protest against 'monstrous' British D-Day memorial

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Opponents fear the memorial, to be built on a 47-acre site overlooking Gold Beach, will spoil the view of the sea - and the car park and the coachloads of tourists expected to visit will damage the area and its environment.

The proposed construction also features a memorial court and a cloister garden, designed by acclaimed British architect Liam O'Connor, the man behind the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Gold Beach was the code name for one of the five areas of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944.

French protest against 'monstrous' British D-Day memorial © Getty Allied troops advance during the D-Day landings.

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French police have come under fire for using Defense Ball Launchers (LBDs, or flash-balls as they are also known) against protesters . Anti -government protests are widely seen as a revolt against Macron whose policies have been seen as pro -business, pro -urban and pro -wealthy.

Police estimate 25,000 people protested in Paris, Toulouse, Lyon and other cities.

Protest leader Maxi Krause said the French owe the allies "boundless gratitude," but simply do not support the plans.

"There is already a British cemetery at Bayeux with an enormous lawn around it where they could have put the pillars that they plan with the names engraved on them," she told The Times.

Ms Krause, a retired university professor who led a group of 50 protesters on a march around the site, said it is just too big.

"This project is so monstrous. It's like a supermarket from the point of view of its size. There will be a wall more than seven metres high and 30 metres wide looking on to the sea. That cuts the view over the sea. It's completely stupid.

"We are one of the only villages on the coast that is not spoilt by tourism," she added.

French protest against 'monstrous' British D-Day memorial © Other Veterans visit the site of the proposed construction. Pic: Normandy Memorial Trust

Normandy Memorial Trust spokesman Michael Traboulsi told Sky News the memorial "will not block the view of the sea" and it believes the majority of local residents are behind the project, a view echoed by Ver-sur-Mer mayor, Phillippe Onillon.

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The protesters will discover whether they have been successful next month, when the chairman of a planning inquiry into the project publishes his report.

From there, it needs the approval of the Calvados prefect, the top state official.

Mr Onillon said "In this type of inquiry it is always the opponents who come forward."

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