An estimated 15,000 people turned out to take part on Monday in a tribute to three crew members of a French lifeboat, all volunteer rescuers, who died at the weekend after their boat overturned in heavy seas as they attempted to rescue a fisherman off the Atlantic coastal port of Sables-d’Olonne in ferocious storm conditions.
A tribute, as part of ceremonies in honour of French WWI Marshalls, to General Philippe Pétain, who commanded French forces at the 1916 Battle of Verdun before leading France's collaborationist regime during German occupation of the country in WWII, will now not be held after President Emmanuel Macron came under fierce criticism for his comments that it was 'legitimate' to honour 'a great soldier' despite his later shame.
Speaking at a yearly gathering in tribute to victims of terrorism in France and French victims in other countries, President Emmanuel Macron announced the future creation of a memorial in their honour, together with a dedicated public body of support for all those affected by attacks, and promised increased financial support for relatives of victims of terrorism abroad.
Feminist militants are planning a demonstration against a French cinema institution's tribute on Monday to the lifework of veteran film director Roman Polanski which they have described as 'an affront to all rape victims, and particularly Polanski’s victims' in a reference to US charges against him for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and recent claims that he committed other sexual attacks.
Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Frémaux joined staff on the red carpet of one of the world's most high-profile cinema festivals to say that the victims of the Manchester Arena attack were 'doing exactly what we are doing here at Cannes ... being together, rejoicing in the freedom to love and sharing their passion'.
The illumination of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was switched off on Tuesday evening in a tribute, alongside landmarks around the globe, to the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester late Monday which killed 22 people and wounded 59 others.
French President François Hollande led a ceremony in the Riviera town of Nice to honour the 86 people, aged between 2 and 92, who died on July 14th when a Tunisian man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group drove a heavy truck into Bastille Day crowds walking the seafront.
The ceremony, at the Invalides military complex in Paris, was attended by hundreds of relatives of the victims of a series of terrorist attacks in France since January 2015, and also by President François Hollande and political leaders.
The 70,000-crowd jointly sang La Marseillaise before a minute's silence was impeccably observed, with one side of stadium a Tricolor mosaic.
The doyen of France's music scene, of Armenian origins, said 'I'll always take the side of those who knock the doors, not those who shut them'.
The rally in the hometown of the hostage beheaded by Algerian Islamists, came as flags were lowered to halfmast across France in mourning.