An "infinite gratitude," and an "eternal gratitude". It is through these powerful words, spoken from Carlton Gardens, which Emmanuel Macron, a vibrating homage to the city of London on Thursday afternoon. To commemorate in the uk the 80th anniversary of the appeal of 18 June, the president took the opportunity to award, "to the quite exceptional", the cross of the Legion of honor to the british capital. Decor decided in the name of the Nation, to thank this "land of asylum" and this "land of exile", where "de Gaulle became the voice and the breath of the free France in 1940. "The United Kingdom (him) (then) reached his first weapon: a microphone of the BBC", he stressed.see also : "The appeal of 18 June, it is also the announcement of a regeneration of the Republic"
Helped and welcomed at the time by the "Old lion" Winston Churchill, who was not yet "le Grand Charles" had been waves local to "form the first ranks of his army" and "call the French Resistance". "With him, as an exile, he had taken away one thing: the French spirit", stressed the head of State, welcoming the memory of this "emissary legitimate of France and ambassador of its true values". "The british monarchy, when it became the refuge of the French Republic", concluded Emmanuel Macron, according to which the United Kingdom allowed (...) to the spirit of the French Republic, never to be extinguished".