“The French spirit of resistance in the face of the French spirit of defeat”: Emmanuel Macron celebrates the appeal of June 18, 1940

“The French spirit of resistance in the face of the French spirit of defeat”: Emmanuel Macron celebrates the appeal of June 18, 1940

Le président de la République, Emmanuel Macron. MAXPPP – Antonin Burat/Le Pictorium

Emmanuel Macron will pay tribute this Tuesday to General de Gaulle at Mont Valérien (Hauts-de-Seine), before heading to the island of Sein (Finistère).

Emmanuel Macron will pay tribute this Tuesday to the appeal of June 18, 1940 by going to Mont Valérien (Hauts-de-Seine) for the traditional flame rekindling ceremony .

But this year, the President of the Republic will then head to the island of Sein (Finistère), one of the five Companion of the Liberation cities with Nantes, Grenoble, Paris and Vassieux-en-Vercors, to summon remembrance of the heroic commitment of its inhabitants for the liberation of the territory.

"Overcoming all fears and defeats"

Of the 1,400 inhabitants in 1940, 128 sailors from Sein aged 14 to 54 joined the Free French forces that year.

"Who were the first free French ?, said General de Gaulle. Brave guys like the fishermen of the island of Sein, who only owned their boats and took them with them, boys without ties, who had nothing to lose, Jews who ran away because they guessed that they were going to lose everything."

“The possessors are possessed by what they possess”

And to add: “Those who had to choose between material goods and the soul of France, material goods chose in their place. The wealthy are possessed by what they possess."

In the approach of these heroes, explains the entourage of the head of state,"above all there is France and the deep desire to be free which must allow us to overcome all fears and all defeats".

Scrutinized remarks

For the President of the Republic, "this will be the opportunity to exalt what characterizes the French spirit of resistance in the face of the French spirit of defeat,” explains the Élysée.

However, Emmanuel Macron has already used the expression "no to the spirit of defeat" during his press conference on June 12, dedicated to the dissolution and the legislative elections approached from a position of strength by the extreme right.

His remarks will be scrutinized at a time when the majority is approaching the legislative elections in a delicate position in the face of the extreme right.

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