An arc of the chiefs of staff in front of the chief of the armed forces.
The image was strong and wanted.
Emmanuel Macron commemorated on Saturday the 76th anniversary of the Victory of May 8, 1945 in front of the tomb of the unknown soldier in Paris, where he then spoke at length with the highest defense authorities.
An important symbol at a time when the revolt rumbles in the ranks and worries the executive.
The Head of State arrived by car, barely getting off the plane bringing him back from the European summit in Porto to Portugal, to lay a wreath in front of the statue of General de Gaulle at the bottom of the avenue des Champs-Elysées, emptied of all public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A cornflower in the buttonhole, President Macron exchanged a few words with the general's grandson, Yves de Gaulle, before getting back in his car to join the Arc de Triomphe.
There he found the head of government, Jean Castex, the presidents of the Senate and the Assembly, the Minister of the Armies Florence Parly, the two former presidents of the Republic Nicols Sarkozy and François Hollande, as well as the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo .
Let's rekindle this flame of the Unknown Soldier.
Let us remember the heroes who fell for peace and freedom.
Let us honor the women and men who engage, fight, so that this heritage may live.
- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 8, 2021
The Head of State then had a long conversation in front of the cameras with the heads of staff of the armies, at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe.
Message of unity behind the President
These images seem to mark a message of unity from the head of state, head of the armed forces, with all the highest officials of the army a few days after the publication of a shocking column signed by the military.
[# 8may] 76 years ago the Allies put an end to murderous madness and barbarism.
Today we pay tribute to all those who have fallen defending our land, our freedom and our families.
#NoublonsJamais #InMemoriam # NotreDéfense pic.twitter.com/6xVlYCRhEu
- French Army - Military operations (@EtatMajorFR) May 8, 2021
Valeurs Actuelles had published on April 21 this forum in which "about twenty generals, a hundred high-ranking officers and more than a thousand other soldiers", called on President Emmanuel Macron to defend patriotism, and said they were "willing to to support policies which will take into consideration the safeguard of the nation ”. The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces François Lecointre had announced in our columns that the 18 active soldiers identified as signatories of the platform would receive military disciplinary sanctions.