France on Thursday pays tribute to former World War II resistance fighter Daniel Cordier, who died on November 20 at the age of 100. The small military ceremony will be led by President Emmanuel Macron and attended by Hubert Germain, the last surviving “Companion of the Liberation”, said Elysee.
Daniel Cordier, who as secretary of the famous French resistance leader Jean Moulin helped orchestrate his country’s fight against his German occupiers during World War II, died on November 20 due to Covid-19.
The military ceremony held in his honor begins at 15.30 in the courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides, in central Paris, and will be marked by a 15-minute speech by President Macron, who greets the memory of “a man of freedom” and “an emblematic French destiny”.
La Marseillaise, but also Le Chant des Partisans, the psalm of the resistance, will be performed by the choir of the French army.
About 30 people are expected at the ceremony, among them Hubert Germain who at the age of 100 is the last of the 1038 resistance heroes still alive. About ten members of Mr Cordier’s family and friends will also be present. At the end of the ceremony, President Macron will take the time to talk to the family and to Hubert Germain, Élysée said.
Among the dignitaries attending the ceremony are former President François Hollande, Presidents of the Senate Gérard Larcher and the National Assembly Richard Ferrand, Prime Minister Jean Castex, Ministers of the Armed Forces of Florence Parly and Culture Roselyne Bachelot, Secretary of State Geneviève Darrieussecq and Chief of Staff François Lecointre.
Macron met Cordier on several occasions and handed him over to the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor on June 18, 2018.
The former secretary of Jean Moulin, who became an art dealer after the war, was buried on Friday in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
( Jowharwith AFP)