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.
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.
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.
The ceremonies along Normandy's Channel coast reunited hundreds of veterans of the 1944 landings, the biggest sea-borne invasion in history.
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'.
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.
French president urges people to fight current threats to peace with 'same vision, the same courage' as those who took part in Normandy landings.
President Hollande will pay tribute to the terrible civilian casualties suffered by the French due to Allied bombing during liberation of France.
UK monarch joins French president François Hollande in laying floral tribute at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe.
Around 400 separate events will be held as American, Russian and British heads of state are among those marking 70th anniversary of landings.
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.
Row over sale of warships to Russia and US fine for French bank have cooled relations ahead of presidential meeting on Normandy beach.
Soldier Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac wrote up the invasion instructions for the French people that were broadcast via the BBC.
The inhabitants of Merville, where British paras fell storming a key German gun battery, had long prepared for Prince's 70th anniversary visit.