Cameron hails UK-France bond
Published 19/06/2010 | 05:00
DAVID Cameron hailed Britain's enduring relationship with France yesterday as he joined Nicolas Sarkozy in commemorating the anniversary of a key World War Two moment.
The French president was in London to mark 70 years since General Charles de Gaulle's radio broadcast from the capital urging his nation to resist the Nazi occupation of France.
"This is not just some ceremonial friendship, it is a working relationship. We face huge challenges today . . . and I am committed to working with President Sarkozy, working with France to tackle them," Mr Cameron said.
Mr Sarkozy, the first French premier to mark the anniversary in London, visited the studio at BBC Broadcasting House where General de Gaulle's appeal was made in 1940.
The rallying cry came the day after Marshal Philippe Petain's government announced its surrender to the Germans but few Frenchmen actually heard him declare that "the flame of French resistance must not and will not be extinguished".
Prince Charles and the president laid wreaths at the statue of the general in Carlton Gardens -- near the office previously used as the headquarters of the Free French.
A crowd of 1,600 spectators watched Mr Sarkozy award the Legion d'Honneur to six World War Two veterans who took part in the Operation Dragoon landings in August 1944.
The president's wife Carla Bruni, in a grey shift dress and black kitten heels, sat next to Sarah Cameron to watch the leaders make speeches.
Mrs Cameron, who is due to give birth in September, wore a black and white dress with heels noticeably higher than singer and former model Ms Bruni's.