French President Emmanuel Macron will grant the city of London the Legion d’Honneur in May to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal to the French Resistance from the UK capital on 18 June 1940. This was announced in a long letter written in English and posted to the president’s Facebook page.
“I am coming to London in June to award the city the Legion d’Honneur, in tribute to the immense courage of a whole country and people” during World War II, Macron wrote in the letter to his ‘British friends’.
Macron also recalled the close historical ties between the long-time allies and assured the UK of the ongoing friendship of the French people.
“Dear British friends, you are leaving the European Union but you are not leaving Europe,” he wrote, adding that “the Channel has never managed to separate our destinies; Brexit will not do so, either”. (EURACTIV.FR)