Keyword: commémoration

The homage France owes to Spanish Republican refugees

By Nicolas Lebourg
Spanish refugees arriving across the French border in the village of Le Perthus, February 1939. © David Seymour. Musée national de l'histoire et des cultures de l'immigration Spanish refugees arriving across the French border in the village of Le Perthus, February 1939. © David Seymour. Musée national de l'histoire et des cultures de l'immigration

A move to include the 150th anniversary of the birth of the notorious French anti-Semitic and far-right author Charles Maurras in official ceremonies across France this year caused such an outcry that it was struck off the agenda, calling into question the criteria employed by the country’s learned national commemorations committee. Amid the farce over Maurras, historian and Mediapart contributor Nicolas Lebourg argues here that a truly worthy commemoration sorely missing from the official calendar is that of the plight, and unsung contribution to France, of the hundreds of thousands of Spanish Civil War refugees who, in the runup to World War II, crossed into the country seeking refuge from the Franco regime.

Macron hosts Netanyahu at deportation commemoration in Paris

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose hard-line politics have come in for fierce criticism in France, attended the 75th anniversary of an infamous WW2 roundup in Paris for deportation of about 13,000 Jews, after which the two men held talks on the crises in the Middle East.

Controversy over Netanyahu visit to Paris for commemoration

A visit to Paris on Sunday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he will join in a commemoration of the 1942 arrest in the French capital for deportation of an estimated 13,000 Jews, has been criticised in France by Jewish organisations and others as handing his government an unwelcome political platform.

Jeers for French PM at commemoration for Nice victims

Manuel Valls and other officials were booed at a packed ceremony on the Promenade des Anglais amid criticism of security policy in wake of Bastille Day outrage.

France commemorates centenary of Battle of Verdun

About 30 million shells were fired in the WW1 battle in NE France which, over 300 days, left an estimated 800,000 soldiers dead, wounded or missing.

A year after Charlie Hebdo, why France needs vision

Academic Dominique Moisi argues that the country must face up to the uncertainty and cultural fractures that confront it.

Paris celebrates WWII liberation anniversary

The 70th anniversary of the capital's liberation from German occupation highlighted the best and worst of the actions of Paris police officers.

France pulls out of Rwanda genocide commemorations

French officials will not attend events marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide after Rwanda's president said France helped in the killings.

France's Hollande booed at tribute to fallen WWI soldiers

After what are thought to have been the first such Armistice Day protests against a French president, police arrested 70 people demonstrators.

France and Poland mark 68th Victory in Europe day in Paris

French President Francois Hollande speaks about the continuing need for compromise between France and Germany.