Quebec prime minister in Normandytribute to Canadian D-Day casualties

3rd May 2004, Comments 0 comments

BENY-SUR-MER, France, May 2 (AFP) - Quebec premier Jean Charest paid tribute Sunday to Canadian soldiers killed when Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day, ahead of the 60th anniversary of the June 1944 landings.

BENY-SUR-MER, France, May 2 (AFP) - Quebec premier Jean Charest paid tribute Sunday to Canadian soldiers killed when Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day, ahead of the 60th anniversary of the June 1944 landings.

Charest - making his first official visit to France - placed a wreath in honor of the war dead at the Canadian military cemetery in Beny-Reviers, where he walked through the graves after a moment of silence.

The premier of the French-speaking Canadian province was later to visit Juno Beach, where Canadian forces landed as part of the Allied invasion of northwest France on June 6, 1944, a major turning point in World War II to end Nazi rule.

French President Jacques Chirac will play host on June 6 to a dozen heads of state or government including US President George W. Bush, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for D-Day commemorations.

Charest, who will not attend the June ceremonies, was due in Paris on Monday for a meeting with Chirac. He was scheduled to meet French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on Tuesday.


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