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The tribute ceremony to Léon Gautier, the last French D-Day veteran, took place in Ouistreham, in Calvados, on Friday July 7. On the spot, the journalist Franck Besnier indicates that many people made the trip.
A tribute ceremony to Léon Gautier is being held on Friday July 7 in Ouistreham (Calvados). It started at midday to celebrate the last French D-Day veteran. Chaired by Emmanuel Macron, it is open to alland many people made the trip. “Hundreds of people have positioned themselves since the beginning of the morning on this beach in Ouistreham for this national tribute. Anonymous who wanted to say goodbye to this hero of the Liberation”reports journalist Franck Besnierlive from Ouistreham.
“He was a great man”
“We saw parents with their children. They explained to them who Léon Gautier was. A simple man for the inhabitants of Ouistreham, this common in which he had settled in 1990 with his wife”continues the journalist. We also heard: ‘It was a great man, an example for the younger generations'”he adds. Frank Besnier indicates having been able to discuss with an 11-year-old schoolboy who had the chance to exchange with Léon Gautier. “He was telling me : ‘I will keep a memory unforgettable’“concludes the journalist.