The Prime Minister attended a firework display on the beaches of Normandy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. Invited by BFM TV, he described the commemoration as a very important moment to celebrate renewed freedom and to honour the memory of those who fought and died, civilians and military personnel alike.
This 70th anniversary is an opportunity for "France to celebrate its freedom, [a value] that should be celebrated not with nostalgia or sadness, but with joy and reverence, and appreciation for these Americans, English, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders", explained Manuel Valls.
"France is a great country, we should be proud of our country and its strength to withstand the challenges of the world", he continued. For the Prime Minister, this commemoration should also be a moment to remember that "our country should have greater confidence in itself", he concluded.
The Head of Government paid tribute to British soldiers in particular on Friday morning in Bayeux Cathedral. Some 400 Commonwealth veterans in ceremonial uniform participated in the procession in the presence of Prince Charles and the British Prime Minister David Cameron.
To keep up-to-date with the latest news concerning the agenda for all the events, consult the dedicated website le70e-normandie.fr.