French President Emmanuel Macron commemorated this Sunday the armistice of World War II with the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, in a context marked by the head-on clash with Vladimir Putin over the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The ceremony began shortly after 11:00 local time (9:00 GMT) in the middle of the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris, where there is a statue of General Charles de Gaulle, the great hero of the French resistance to Nazism and also the creator of the regime. presidential of the V Republic that is still in force today.
Macron placed a wreath at the foot of the statue and then drove up the avenue to the Arc de Triomphe in an official car, escorted by Gendarmerie motorcyclists and by members of the Republican Guard on horseback.
There, the highest authorities of the State were waiting for him, as well as several military detachments, which he reviewed and before whom he paid homage to the French flag while a band played La Marseillaise, the national anthem.
The Head of State was accompanied by the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, the Defense Minister, Florence Parly, the Delegate Minister for Former Combatants, Geneviève Darrieussecq, and the Army Chief of Staff, Thierry Burkhard.
He then approached the tomb of the unknown soldier just below the Arc de Triomphe. At his feet she placed a wreath of flowers and stood before him in silence for a few moments.
Macron greeted the political and military authorities who had come at the end of the ceremony.
The French president, re-elected in the second round of the presidential elections on April 24 with 58.5% of the votes in his duel against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, was sworn in yesterday for a second five-year term.
This Monday he resumes his international agenda since the end of the campaign with two events that aim to illustrate the importance he gives to European construction, at a time as particular as this, marked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In the morning he will be in Strasbourg to participate in a session of the European Parliament that will mark the end of the activity of the Conference for the Future of Europe that had been launched a year ago to involve citizens.
In the afternoon he will make his first visit abroad since his inauguration and, as is customary for French heads of state upon taking office, he will visit Germany.
In Berlin he will be received by the chancellor, Olaf Scholz, for an interview that will focus on the war in Ukraine and its consequences.
Before all this, Macron participates this afternoon from Paris in the video conference of the G7 leaders, who have invited the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelensky.
(with information from EFE)
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