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World Call of June 18: Macron in London, "cradle of free France"

22:55  18 june  2020
22:55  18 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le président français Macron et le prince Charles déposent des couronnes devant la statue de Charles de Gaulle à Carlton Gardens dans le centre de Londres le 18 juin 2020. © Tolga Akmen / Pool via REUTERS French President Macron and Prince Charles lay wreaths in front of the statue of Charles de Gaulle at Carlton Gardens in the center from London on June 18, 2020.

Paris and London celebrated this Thursday the 80th anniversary of the call of June 18, 1940 launched by General de Gaulle on the BBC. First received by Prince Charles, French President Emmanuel Macron testified to the "infinite recognition" of the Republic in London, "the cradle of free France". The head of state then met with the British Prime Minister.

From our correspondent in London,

In the spotlight during this symbolic visit, London had deployed as much pomp as the coronavirus currently allows. At a good distance from each other, Emmanuel Macron and Prince Charles each laid a wreath at the foot of the statues of King George VI and General de Gaulle.

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The French president then handed over the legion of honor to the British capital, testifying to the "eternal gratitude" of the Republic: "80 years ago, today, June 18, 1940, the United Kingdom tended free France its first weapon: a BBC microphone. The airwaves then carried the resolute words and the spirit of resistance of de Gaulle, who built over the Channel the bridge of the refractory of servitude, of the obstinate of freedom. "

Prince Charles, for his part, called for renewing the ties which unite the two countries in these difficult circumstances:" Let us keep in mind the words of General de Gaulle: "Should Lesperance disappear? No!" Today, Mr. President, let us reiterate our commitment to work together to defend what is most dear to us.

After this ceremony, Emmanuel Macron met briefly with Boris Johnson in Downing Street. The opportunity for the two men to sprinkle a little "cordial understanding" on the bittersweet subjects of Brexit and the quarantine measures imposed by the United Kingdom, which France would like to see reduced.

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