French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (R) shakes hands with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre at Australian National Memorial on April 24, 2018 in Villers-Bretonneux
25 April 2018

Speech by Édouard Philippe in remembrance of the World War I Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

The Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull have begun two days of commemorations, on 24 and 25 April 2018, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, a village located some twelve miles east of Amiens, in which Australian and New Zealander troops fought. The Battle of Villers-Bretonneux proved decisive as this victory prevented Germany’s advance on Amiens – a strategic city for the Allies. After the afternoon’s inauguration of the Sir John Monash Centre in Fouilloy, in honour of the Australian General who led the operations with the Allies in the region, the French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe delivered a speech in which he paid tribute to Australia’s engagement alongside the Allies during World War I.
 
Discours d'Edouard Philippe pour la commémoration de la bataille de Villers-Bretonneux lors de la 1e Guerre Mondiale
 

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