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President Macron plans to award Legion d’honneur to London

President Macron plans to award France’s highest award – the Legion d’honneur – to London to show how it helped during the Second World War

  • London served as the basis for the exiled French leader Charles de Gaulle in World War II
  • De Gaulle gave his famous speech on June 18, 1940 – in which he called on the French to stand up against the Germans
  • Has received mixed responses in France – with some angry that Macron honors “our hereditary enemies.”

Emmanuel Macron has set aside his tense Brexit relationship with Boris Johnson by deciding to award France’s highest award – the Legion d’Honneur – to London.

President Macron plans to give the capital the highest rank of merit to commemorate how it served as a basis for the exiled French leader Charles de Gaulle during the Second World War.

It was from London that de Gaulle gave his famous speech on June 18, 1940 and called on the French people to stand up against the Germans.

Emmanuel Macron has set aside his tense Brexit talks with Boris Johnson by deciding to grant France's highest award in London - the Legion d'honneur

Emmanuel Macron has set aside his tense Brexit talks with Boris Johnson by deciding to grant France’s highest award in London – the Legion d’honneur

President Macron plans to give London the highest merit to commemorate how it served as a basis for the exiled French leader Charles de Gaulle during World War II

President Macron plans to give London the highest merit to commemorate how it served as a basis for the exiled French leader Charles de Gaulle during World War II

President Macron plans to give London the highest merit to commemorate how it served as a basis for the exiled French leader Charles de Gaulle during World War II

Non-French cities in view of the Legion d’honneur

1914: Liege Belgium

1920: Belgrade, Serbia

1957: Luxembourg

1984: Volgograd, Russia

2004: Algiers

2006: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

He made famous broadcasts on the BBC, to France, that year, and urged his fellow Frenchmen to reject the truce that his country had signed with the Germans.

De Gaulle was Secretary of State for Defense and War when Marshal Philippe Petain took over the French government with the intention of signing the formal agreement to stop fighting Hitler.

President Macron had originally intended to make his price announcement himself on June 18 Le Figaro.

And the news of his intentions has yielded mixed reactions.

It was from London that de Gaulle gave his famous speech on June 18, 1940 and called on the French people to stand up against the Germans. (De Gaulle, above in Victoria, London)

It was from London that de Gaulle gave his famous speech on June 18, 1940 and called on the French people to stand up against the Germans. (De Gaulle, above in Victoria, London)

It was from London that de Gaulle gave his famous speech on June 18, 1940 and called on the French people to stand up against the Germans. (De Gaulle, above in Victoria, London)

De Gaulle (photo) was Secretary of State for defense and war when Marshal Philippe Petain took over the French government with the intention of signing the formal agreement to stop fighting Hitler

De Gaulle (photo) was Secretary of State for defense and war when Marshal Philippe Petain took over the French government with the intention of signing the formal agreement to stop fighting Hitler

De Gaulle (photo) was Secretary of State for defense and war when Marshal Philippe Petain took over the French government with the intention of signing the formal agreement to stop fighting Hitler

Some commentators on the Le Figaro website were furious that he would honor “our hereditary enemies” – adding that “Napoleon Bonaparte must turn to his grave.”

The Legion d’Honneur was founded in 1802 by the British Bonaparte to recognize military and civilian merits.

However, others believe that it could function as an olive branch after the Brexit.

The Legion d’honneur has previously been awarded to both cities and individuals.

These include Algiers, in 2004, and Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, in 2006.

In both cases, the cities were honored because they were resistance bases during the Second World War.

The five-armed Maltese asterisk: what is the Legion d’honneur?

The Legion of Honor is the highest French decoration and one of the most famous in the world

The Legion of Honor is the highest French decoration and one of the most famous in the world

The Legion of Honor is the highest French decoration and one of the most famous in the world

  • The Legion of Honor is the highest French decoration and one of the most famous in the world. For two centuries it has been presented on behalf of the head of state to reward the most deserving citizens in all areas of activity.
  • As a tribute, the Legion of Honor contains no concrete material or financial benefit. However, it is an invaluable source of pride for the recipients and their families and an example of public service.
  • Any French citizen without a criminal record, who has proven excellent merit in the service of the nation, in military or civilian capacity, is eligible. At least twenty years of activity is required to qualify for the Legion of Honor.
  • The Legion of Honor has 92,000 members. A maximum of 2,800 people can be induced each year, in military capacity or as civilians.
  • Every year around 320 foreigners can receive this honor, but unlike French citizens, they are not members of the Legion of Honor.
  • The Legion of Honor cannot be requested.
  • French ministers are responsible for identifying potential honorees, depending on the social network (members of parliament, mayors, employers, leaders of trade unions or non-profit organizations, presidents of professional or sports federations …).
  • The color of the ribbon is red. The insignia is a five-armed Maltese asterisk that hangs on an oak and laurel wreath. On the front is the image of the Republic and on the back two tricolor flags surrounded by the motto ‘Honneur et Patrie’ (Honor and Fatherland).
  • The Legion of Honor is worn before all other French or foreign insignia on the left. On informal clothing people wear lapel badges (ribbon or rosette). Pendants and small decorations are preferred for official ceremonies. The army has its own rules for wearing insignia.

Source: www.legiondhonneur.fr

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