French President Emmanuel Macron will make his first foreign trip on Thursday since the outbreak of the corona crisis.
He is in London where four French resistance fighters are appointed members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for their role in World War II.
Thursday will also commemorate the speech delivered by the French war leader and later President Charles de Gaulle in London in 1940 to the people of German-occupied France that were broadcast by the BBC. The speech was delivered 80 years ago.
Among other things, Macron will be received in the official residence of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street.
The French head of state does not have to quarantine for fourteen days, as is mandatory for people travelling from abroad to Great Britain. He goes as a “representative of a foreign country on business”, and he doesn’t have to.
In the historic speech, General De Gaulle called on the French people not to give up and to fight against the Nazis.
“Whatever happens, the fire of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished.”