Princess Anne to honour WWII SASdead in France

2nd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 2 (AFP) - French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie will on Saturday pay tribute to the World War II efforts of Britain's special forces at a joint ceremony in central-eastern France attended by Princess Anne.

PARIS, Sept 2 (AFP) - French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie will on Saturday pay tribute to the World War II efforts of Britain's special forces at a joint ceremony in central-eastern France attended by Princess Anne.  

The ceremony will take place at the international memorial in Sennecey-le-Grand dedicated to 529 members of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) - 301 Britons, 205 French and 23 Belgians - who died during the war.  

France's junior veterans affairs minister Hamlaoui Mekachera will greet Princess Anne at the Chalon-Chamforgeuil air base and then host a luncheon in her honor, to which 400 SAS veterans have been invited, his office said.  

Alliot-Marie will then lead the ceremony, which is to include a series of speeches and a parachute jumping demonstration.  

Princess Anne is the daughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

 

© AFP

Subject: French news

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