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Vets mark 65 years since Paris freed from Nazis

 French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, stands in front of a wreath, at the Paris prefecture, Tuesday  Aug. 25, 2009 in Paris, during a ceremony mark...
 French President Nicolas Sarkozy, foreground, with Junior Minister for Veterans' affairs Hubert Falco, attends a ceremony at the Paris prefecture, Tu...

FRANCE SARKOZY WWII

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, stands in front of a wreath, at the Paris prefecture, Tuesday Aug. 25, 2009 in Paris, during a ceremony mark...

FRANCE SARKOZY WWII

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, foreground, with Junior Minister for Veterans' affairs Hubert Falco, attends a ceremony at the Paris prefecture, Tu...

Veterans of the French Resistance have joined President Nicolas Sarkozy in a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Paris from the Nazi occupation.
On Aug. 25, 1944, Resistance leader Charles de Gaulle moved back into the War Ministry in central Paris and made a famous speech from City Hall. Thousands of Parisians attended a victory parade down the Champs-Elysees avenue.
French veterans of several wars joined Tuesday's commemoration at the Paris Prefecture.
Andre Houel, an 84-year-old who participated in the campaign to free Paris, described it as "the best moment of my life."
More than 1,400 Parisians including civilians were killed in the Allied push to liberate Paris, and some 3,200 German troops were killed.


Updated : 2021-06-15 13:01 GMT+08:00