Algerian troops remembered in WWIIProvence landings ceremony

9th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

ALGIERS, Aug 9 (AFP) - The Algerian navy flagship "Kalaat Beni Hammad" and two escort vessels sailed for the French Mediterranean port of Toulon on Monday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Allied landings to liberate Nazi-occupied France, officials said here.

ALGIERS, Aug 9 (AFP) - The Algerian navy flagship "Kalaat Beni Hammad" and two escort vessels sailed for the French Mediterranean port of Toulon on Monday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Allied landings to liberate Nazi-occupied France, officials said here.  

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is one of 16 heads of state or government due to meet French host Jacques Chirac aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off the coast near Toulon for the main ceremonies on Sunday.  

The ceremonies recall 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.  

While the D-Day landings were an almost exclusively British, Canadian and US venture, about 348,000 French troops took part in the Operation Dragoon, as the southern landings were known.   

More than half of them were Muslims from France's colonies in North and West Africa.  

On Friday, the French minister for veterans, Hamlaoui Mekachera, said "legitimate homage" was due to "our Allies and to the former African Army" - the French colonial corps.

 

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