Chirac pays homage to De Gaulle in Paris liberation ceremonies

26th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 26 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac paid homage to his predecessor and political role model Charles de Gaulle in ceremonies Thursday commemorating the World War II liberation of Paris.

PARIS, Aug 26 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac paid homage to his predecessor and political role model Charles de Gaulle in ceremonies Thursday commemorating the World War II liberation of Paris.

After first laying a wreath at the foot of a statue of De Gaulle on the Champs-Elysees avenue in company of the historic figure's son, Admiral Philippe de Gaulle, Chirac headed to the Notre Dame cathedral.

There he attended a non-denominational service and a mass recalling the religious observance De Gaulle made in the same spot exactly 60 years ago, the day after Allied troops entered the French capital surrendered by German forces after four years of occupation.

The ceremonies capped several days of commemorations marking the weeklong wartime rebellion in Paris against the Germans that culminated with its liberation on August 25, 1944.

Late Wednesday, thousands of people packed into the Place de la Bastille to attend a ball and show put on by dancers in uniforms and attire harking back to that period while bands played 1940s tunes.

© AFP

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