Macron Leads Paris Victory in Europe Ceremony Marking the End of World War II

Date: 2020-05-08 16:46:21


French President Emmanuel Macron led a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe monument on Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of the World War II victory over Nazi Germany.

The city of Paris was empty as the country is under strict lockdown until Monday.

Macron laid a wreath and relit the flame of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the top of the Champs-Elysees.

The ceremony was marked by the absence of public and complete silence in the streets of central Paris, as all gatherings are banned under France’s confinement measures against the coronavirus.

Macron was joined top officials, including former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, each observing social distancing.

Four singers of the French Army Chorus sang the national anthem and Macron washed his hands with sanitizing gel after signing the official register.

Earlier, he also laid a wreath at the statue of Charles de Gaulle, the general revered for leading the French Resistance and later became president.

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