(Bloomberg) — French President Emmanuel Macron plans to travel to London to award the city with France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s June 18, 1940, appeal to the French Resistance from the U.K. capital.
“I am coming to London in June to award the city the Legion d’Honneur, in tribute to the immense courage of a whole country and people” during World War II, Macron said in a letter to “British Friends” released on social networks on Saturday.
The U.K. yesterday left the European Union after almost half a century of membership and Macron stressed that Brexit won’t spoil the close historical ties between the long-time allies and assured the U.K. of the ongoing friendship of the French people.
“Dear British friends, you are leaving the European Union but you are not leaving Europe,” he wrote. “The Channel has never managed to separate our destinies; Brexit will not do so, either.”
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