Published On: Thu, Jun 18th, 2020

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Mr Macron’s visit marks the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s radio address to the French nation, which laid the foundation of the Resistance movement after it was broadcast by the BBC from London after Sir Winston Churchill granted permission. This occurred shortly after the Nazi invasion of France. Britain will bestow awards to Edgard Tupet-Thome, 100; Daniel Cordier, 99; Hubert Germain, 99, and Pierre Simonet, 98.

The quartet are the only surviving holders of Croix de la Liberation, which Mr de Gaulle awarded 1,038 men and women for their involvement in the struggle to liberate France.

Mr Johnson said the men symbolised “the enduring depth and strength” of Franco-British relations.

The men will not be at the present but will receive their awards later in France.

This will be Mr Macron’s first overseas trip since the coronavirus lockdown in France.

The two men are understood to be set to discuss the pandemic and Brexit.

Mr Macron will be treated to a flypast by the Red Arrows and the Patrouille de France, their French counterparts.

Mr Johnson said: “Eighty years ago Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the French Resistance, arrived in London knowing that the values of freedom, tolerance and democracy that Britain and France shared were under threat.

“He pledged that we would stand together to defend those values and protect our citizens from those bent on destroying us.

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It will be Mr Macron’s fourth visit to the United Kingdom.

His first was to meet with Theresa May in January 2018.

He then visited the UK twice in 2019.

The first was a trip to Portsmouth for the 75th anniversary of D-Day when Allied forces stormed Normandy to begin the liberation of France.

He also visited Watford in December for the NATO summit.

According to the Guardian, Mr Macron will award the Legion d’Honneur to the City of London in gratitude to the UK for housing French Resistance leaders and helping with the direction of joint operations within France.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss the Turkish intervention in Libya.

Paris is known to be opposed to the action.

It views the intervention as a threat to North African security and NATO cooperation.

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