Macron marks De Gaulle appeal

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French President Emmanuel Macron marked Genera; Charles De Gaulles famed World War II appeal to resist the Nazis on Thursday in a special ceremony intended to invoke the deep friendship between the longtime allies. Macron travelled to London to mark the day that De Gaulle delivered his defiant broadcast on the BBC 80 years ago, urging his nation to fight on despite the fall of France. “Your nation spearheaded the liberation of the world. It erected, against Nazi barbarism, the most beautiful of the ramparts: that of unity and fraternity,” Macron told Prince Charles. “The United Kingdom gave Free France its first weapon: the microphone of the BBC.” Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, received Macron at his Clarence House home with a guard of honour formed by the Number 7 Company of the Coldstream Guards and their band. Macron awarded Charles the Legion of Honour as a symbol of France’s gratitude. Charles responded in flawless French.–AP