TO mark the D-Day anniversary yesterday, François Hollande laid a wreath at the Ranville Cemetery, near Caen, Normandy.
The cemetery contains the graves of more than two thousand British soldiers, many of whom died in the first hours of the invasion in 1944, as Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the bridge over the Caen Canal was captured intact in the early hours of June 6 by troops of the 6th Airborne Division.
François Hollande met a number of British veterans, as well as serving army personnel, with the UK Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond MP, also present.
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