Keyword: D-Day

France honours last survivor of French D-Day commando unit

Léon Gautier was one of 177 French marine commanders chosen to help spearhead the first wave of D-Day landings in Normandy, stepping ashore on June 6, 1944.

Memorial to fallen British-led forces unveiled on D-Day anniversary

The 77th anniversary of the allied D-Day landings in Normandy was, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, without the usual strong contingent of remaining veterans, but a highlight was the unveiling of an imposing seafront memorial to the more than 22,000 troops under British command who died during the three-month campaign to liberate northern France from German occupation.

France holds modest D-Day ceremonies due to virus restrictions

The traditionally large ceremonies on the Normandy coast to mark the anniversary of the June 6th 1944 D-Day landings, which normally draw vast crowds and the presence of the remaining veterans of the largest seaborne invasion in history, were on Saturday reduced to several small gatherings due to safety restrictions imposed over the Covid-19 pandemic.

D-Day heroes: 5,500 honoured by France

France says there are just 100 more Légion d'Honneur medals to be given out to British World War II veterans who helped liberate France.

Normandy commemorations for 71st anniversary of D-Day

The ceremonies along Normandy's Channel coast reunited hundreds of veterans of the 1944 landings, the biggest sea-borne invasion in history.

Europe's salvation 'came from the south' says Hollande at southern D-Day anniversary

French president also praised role of African troops whose sacrifice 'bound our country to Africa with a bond of blood that no one can undo'.

French president leads 'southern D-Day' tributes, 70 years on

A total of 28 nations took part in Operation Dragoon on the beaches near Marseille on August 15, 1944, with a total force of 450,000 men.

D-Day: Francois Hollande's plea to fight threats to peace

French president urges people to fight current threats to peace with 'same vision, the same courage' as those who took part in Normandy landings.

D-Day anniversary: France's forgotten Blitz

President Hollande will pay tribute to the terrible civilian casualties suffered by the French due to Allied bombing during liberation of France.

D-Day anniversary: British Queen honours France's war dead in Paris

UK monarch joins French president François Hollande in laying floral tribute at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe.

World leaders arrive in France for D-Day celebrations

Around 400 separate events will be held as American, Russian and British heads of state are among those marking 70th anniversary of landings.

France’s Hollande to discuss BNP fine with Obama

French president says he will raise issue with US president who is flying in for talks in Paris ahead of Friday's D-Day commemorations.

D-Day warmth belies tensions in US-France ties

Row over sale of warships to Russia and US fine for French bank have cooled relations ahead of presidential meeting on Normandy beach.

The man who prepared France for D-Day

Soldier Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac wrote up the invasion instructions for the French people that were broadcast via the BBC.

Uproar in French D-Day village snubbed by Prince of Wales

The inhabitants of Merville, where British paras fell storming a key German gun battery, had long prepared for Prince's 70th anniversary visit.