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A national tribute ceremony to former resistance fighter Daniel Cordier, who died at the age of 100 on November 20, will be held on Thursday in the courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides. Due to Covid-19, only around thirty people, including Emmanuel Macron and the last Companion of the Liberation still alive, will attend.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, only about thirty people, including the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, and the last still living Companion of the Liberation, Hubert Germain, will be able to attend the ceremony, Thursday, November 26. national tribute to the former resistance member Daniel Cordier, who died at the age of 100 on November 20.
The military ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hôtel des Invalides, in Paris, and will be marked by a fifteen-minute speech by the President of the Republic who will salute the memory of “a man of freedom “and” an emblematic French destiny “, according to his entourage.
“La Marseillaise” but also “Le Chant des Partisans”, an anthem of the Resistance, will be performed by the French Army Choir.
The tribute ceremony will be broadcast live on France 24 from 3:30 p.m.
Buried Friday in Père Lachaise cemetery
Foremost among the guests will be Hubert Germain who, at 100, is the last of the 1,038 Companions of the Liberation still alive. As such, he agreed to rest at his death at Mont-Valérien, the main place of execution for resistance fighters during the Second World War.
Former President François Hollande, Presidents of the Senate Gérard Larcher and of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand, Prime Minister Jean Castex, Ministers of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, Secretary of State Geneviève Darrieussecq and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General François Lecointre, are also among the guests.
About ten family members and relatives of Daniel Cordier will also be present. According to the Elysee, Emmanuel Macron will meet with them and with Hubert Germain at the end of the ceremony.
The Head of State met on several occasions with Daniel Cordier, to whom he awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, on June 18, 2018.
Become art dealer after the war, the former secretary of Jean Moulin will be buried Friday in the Parisian cemetery of Père Lachaise.
Since the start of the quinquennium, national tribute ceremonies have been organized at the Invalides for several personalities, such as Simone Veil, Jean d’Ormesson, Charles Aznavour and Jean Daniel as well as for gendarme Arnaud Beltrame or the 13 soldiers killed in Mali in 2019.