The appointment is unavoidable: Emmanuel Macron is expected Monday in Colombey-les-deux-Eglises (Haute-Marne) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of General de Gaulle, more than ever the tutelary figure of French politics.
Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, this anniversary will be celebrated soberly and in a small committee in the small village of 700 inhabitants 250 km east of Paris. The president will meditate on the white tomb where Charles de Gaulle rests, alongside his wife Yvonne and his daughter Anne, in the cemetery which adjoins the church.
He will be welcomed at La Boisserie, the home where the general lived for the last 18 months of his life after leaving the Elysee Palace. And he will participate in a military ceremony in front of the Cross of Lorraine, an immense 43.50-meter-tall pink granite monument, which dominates the surrounding woods and vines. It was at La Boisserie, the manor house he had acquired in 1934, that Charles de Gaulle died on November 9, 1970, of a ruptured aneurysm, while he was playing cards before dinner.
Macron only visited Colombey once
Kept secret all night, the news of her death was announced the next morning by President Georges Pompidou: “French, French, General de Gaulle is dead, France is a widow”. Three days later, on November 12, the day of national mourning, the general was buried in Colombey, simply and in the absence of political leaders, as he had wished.
While some of his predecessors, such as Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, gathered every November 9 in Colombey, Emmanuel Macron visited Colombey only once since the start of his five-year term, on October 4, 2018, to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Fifth Republic by de Gaulle. But he has celebrated twice in recent months the memory of his illustrious predecessor on the occasion of the year of de Gaulle marking the anniversaries of his birth 130 years ago, of the Appeal of June 18 80 years ago. and his death.
VIDEO. Visiting Aisne, Emmanuel Macron pays tribute to Charles de Gaulle
On May 17, in the midst of a health crisis, Emmanuel Macron went to the scene of the battle of Montcornet (Aisne), where de Gaulle had distinguished himself in 1940, to celebrate “the French spirit of resistance” and launch a a vibrant call for the unity of the French in the face of hardship. “The general’s example should inspire the younger generations. Do not give in to confusion and doubt, ”he then said during the ceremony on June 18.
Macron is “the absolute anti-de Gaulle”
At the beginning of his five-year term, the young president – born seven years after the death of the general – had multiplied the Gaullian winks, by posing, on his official photo, with a volume of the Mémoires de guerre or by adding the cross of Lorraine. on the coat of arms of the Elysée. His political opponents have criticized him for recovering this figure now almost undisputed, even on the left.
“No one is fooled” by this recovery, accused Christian Jacob, the President of the Republicans in May, stressing that “many have already tried it … without success!” “. Emmanuel Macron is “the absolute anti-de Gaulle”, cracked for his part Marine Le Pen.
For Emmanuel Macron, next week will be very memorial: after Colombey, he commemorates the Armistice of November 11, 1918 on Wednesday before presiding over the entry ceremony into the Pantheon of the writer Maurice Genevoix, author of “Those of 14” on the fighters of the Great War. A celebration organized 100 years after the burial of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe.
“De Gaulle and Those of 14 embody these qualities specific to the French of yesterday and today, faced with severe trials: namely, the resilience and the will which allow the French nation to overcome the tragedy of the History, ”says one in the entourage of the president.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr