For a long time he was deployed on the Invalids, the gift of the marshal was always hit by fig. Philippe Pétain. The presence of Emmanuel Macron, an approved time, was finally excluded in order to avoid the polemics that broke out on Wednesday.
From the beginning, he was trapped. How to worship the marshals of the Great War, when one of them later became prime minister of the Vichy government? On Wednesday, only the concerns of Marcel Pétain, conducted by Emmanuel Macron, will trigger dust. "During the First World War, he could have been one of the best soldiers, and during the second second he made death decisions," said the president from Charleville-Mézières in Ardennes.
The executive has still tried to extinguish the fire. Emmanuel Macron has charged Maubeuge with "false controversy" and "bad trial". The day before, Benjamin Griveaux started a demining operation. "Friday's Saturday will not be paid any day. There never was," the government spokesman said. State Secretary Marlene Schiappa warned: "Marshal Petain, the traitor to the homeland, has been condemned to national humiliation. The president of the republic will not celebrate this," she strangled, she said, that they will only buried five marshals buried on the Disabled.
Foch, Lyautey, Maunoury, Fayolle and Franchet d 'Esperey were really the only marshals that mattered on Saturday? That is true, on 30 October, the Minister of Defense, Florence Parly, supported the Jean-Jacques Bourdin microphone. But, a month and a half ago, he explained the opposite in a press release of the century-old. He broadcast on September 18, he mentioned the honor of "eight marshals" – including Petain – and even announced that he would be "in the presence of the President of the Republic" Emmanuel Macron.
So there was a turmoil that took place in October. During the presentation of "homelessness" to reporters on October 18, Elysee said that on November 11, "without the expression of too much military". There is no question of "celebrating the victory of 1918", he said, which triggers the first dispute. In addition, the new press kit does not mention anymore command of the marshal, with Emmanuel Macron participating.
In fact, this day the Presidency set up a dual standstill. Firstly, it is impossible to worship the marshals of the Great War without inclusion, even implicit, Marshal Petain. Secondly, this contrasted with the current history of the Great War, which cries the heroic hair against the controversial strategic decisions of its leaders.
The church is finally limited to its strict military dimension. It was moved on Saturday, November 10, and the president is no longer present. It will be presented by its leader, Admiral Bernard Rogel. Today's gift is no longer reserved for marshals, but for all leaders of the Great War, "from teleportal to general", a hammer is employed. One way to avoid overcoming attention in the image of winner Verdun.
François Lecointre, Head of the Armed Forces Headquarters, led by Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces François Lecointre, will be more sober: weapon with transparent units in the yard of the Hotel des Invalides, which is being told by the Secretary General, a bunch of five marshals buried on the ground. It ends with the ringing of the dead and a minute of silence.
Thus, the bickering issue of "gift to Petain" was buried … Until Wednesday confusion struck with the voice of Emmanuel Macron, who defended the "gift of the marshals" and emphasized that Petain "was a great soldier during the First World War". The opposition of the opposition and the international press, the controversy, hinders a series of commemorations and risks that turn this place of "memory roaming" into the right way to the crossroads for the head of state.
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