MEMORY A ceremony will take place at 11 am at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the presence in particular of the President of the Parliament and the President of the Commission
of the tribute of France to Valéry Giscard d & # 039; Estaing, in Paris on December 9, 2020. – PIERRE VILLARD
One year ago to the day, Val & eacute; ry Giscard d'Estaing disappeared & agrave; 94 years old. To celebrate the memory of this & ldquo; great European & nbsp; & nbsp; & rsquo;, the French President Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of the EU are expected this Thursday at the European Parliament in ; Strasbourg.
The ceremony, initially scheduled for the anniversary of his birth, February 2, has been completed. ten months late due to the sanitary situation. It will therefore finally take place a year after the death of the former president as a result of the Covid-19.
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At 11 am, in the hemicycle of the European Parliament, the leaders of the three European institutions & ndash; the President of the Parliament David Sassoli, the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council in Charles Michel & ndash; will take turn & agrave; turn the floor. Then, celebrating friendship Franco-German, will speak the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Emmanuel Macron who will close this ceremony. which will participate the wife of the former president, Anne-Aymone Giscard d & rsquo; Estaing, her children and grandchildren, but also the former head of state Nicolas Sarkozy.
Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Portuguese Presidents Marcela Rebelo de Sousa, Bulgarian Roumen Radev and Slovenian Borut Pahor are also expected to attend. The tribute to the European Parliament will be followed by a Mass, open to the public, in memory in Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg. 3 p.m.
Decease & eacute; European of 1989 & agrave; 1993, after his presidential term, Val & eacute; ry Giscard d & rsquo; Estaing is considered re & eacute; ry Giscard d & rsquo; Estaing as one of the builders of Europe, having worked for for essential stages in its construction such as the creation of the European Council, the election of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, the pre-missions of the monetary union or the foundation of the European Space Agency, as recalled; l & rsquo; Elys & eacute; e. From 2001, & laquo; & nbsp; VGE & nbsp; & raquo; Aids the Convention on the Future of Europe, initiating debates and reflections on the evolution of the Union.
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Val & eacute; ry Giscard d & rsquo; Estaing having & ldquo; & nbsp; participated & nbsp; & agrave; the liberation of Alsace, which he crossed in a chariot with the 1st army of General de Lattre de Tassigny & nbsp; & rsquo ;, which & rsquo; is also & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; ; a that it is important that the European tribute to it takes place & rsquo; Strasbourg and not & agrave; Brussels & nbsp; & raquo ;, explained & eacute; to Latest News from Alsace his son Louis, recalling that the former president & ldquo; & nbsp; & eacute; & nbsp; & nbsp; & eacute; & eacute; keeping the European Parliament in & agrave; Strasbourg & nbsp; & raquo ;.
Less than a month before the start of the French presidency of the Council of the EU, Emmanuel Macron will take advantage of this visit to meet, & agrave; Following the ceremony, the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament, in order to express their priorities for this semester of rotating presidency.