Aerial sports above Toulon bannedfor WWII landings tribute

9th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 7 (AFP) - Aerial sports such as hang-gliding will be banned at certain times late next week around the Mediterranean port of Toulon during ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of Allied landings to liberate Nazi-occupied France, the government announced on Saturday.

PARIS, Aug 7 (AFP) - Aerial sports such as hang-gliding will be banned at certain times late next week around the Mediterranean port of Toulon during ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of Allied landings to liberate Nazi-occupied France, the government announced on Saturday.  

The ban will apply for six hours starting at noon on Thursday and Friday and for 12 hours starting at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 15.  

It will cover model airplane flights as well as gliding, parachuting, ballooning and similar pastimes.   French President Jacques Chirac is to host 16 other heads of state or government aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off the coast near Toulon on August 15.  

The ceremonies commemorate the push northwards into France by thousands of Allied forces as part of a pincer offensive started 10 weeks previously by the better known D-Day landings, which began on June 6, 1944, on the beaches of Normandy.  

Among those attending will be President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo. Eyadema's office said on Saturday the Togolese president wished to pay homage the thousands of Africans from French colonies who gave their lives to liberate France.

 

© AFP

 

Subject: French news

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