Daniel Cordier raised to the highest rank in the Legion of Honour

French President Emmanuel Macron stands by World War II resistant Daniel Cordier (C) during a ceremony commemorating General Charles De Gaulle's June 1940 appeal to French resistance against Nazi Germany on June 18, 2018 at the Mont Valerien national memorial in Suresnes, outside Paris. / AFP PHOTO / LUDOVIC MARIN

It is 18 June 2018, the anniversary of General de Gaulle’s call of 1940 to join Free France. On this Monday, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic raised Daniel Cordier, the former Resistance Secretary of Jean Moulin who is now 97 years old to the rank of Grand-Croix, the highest of the Legion of Honour.

Together, the two men attended the commemorations of General de Gaulle’s call launched 78 years ago. This commemoration was held at Mont Valérien.

«To be in front of you is to be immediately, irresistibly, in front of history», declared the Head of State, decorating Daniel Cordier at the Elysée Palace, in the presence of the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and the Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs Geneviève Darrieussecq.

«It upsets me», recognized the former resistant during an aside with Emmanuel Macron, according to excerpts broadcast by the Elysée. “I’m doing very, very, very well. The funny thing is that it goes on for so long. But anyway, I’m ready for anything,” the nonagenarian added.

Daniel Cordier is one of the last five Companions of the Liberation still alive, out of the 1,038 who had been distinguished for their commitment to free France during the German Occupation.

The other four – Guy Charmot, Hubert Germain, Pierre Simonet and Edgard Tupët-Thomé – are between 96 and 103 years old. It is expected that the last of them who will die will be buried at Mont-Valérien, in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine).This site was the main place of execution of resistance and hostages by the German army during the Second World War before Charles de Gaulle inaugurated the Memorial of Fighting France.

Source: Challenges & AFP (Agence France Presse)

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