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Sunday, June 06, 2004

After reading and listening to a whole lot of speeches commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings, I feel like saying the best of the lot was Jacques Chirac's speech:

"We hold up the example of Franco-German reconciliation to show the world that hatred has no future, that a path to peace is always possible.

To you, legendary heroes of that blood-red dawn of June 6, 1944.

To you, children of the world thrown so young into the fire of war.

To you, admirable symbols of courage and devotion, of honour and nobility, of duty and supreme selflessness.

To you on behalf of all French men and women, on behalf of all the heads of state and governments gathered here today and of all freedom-loving people, I express our gratitude, our pride and our admiration."

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