PM and Macron to honour war heroes

Four French Resistance fighters will receive honorary MBEs, Boris Johnson announced tonight as President Emmanuel Macron becomes the first foreign leader to visit the UK since the coronavirus lockdown. De Gaulle's Appeal is widely considered to be the origin of the French Resistance to the German occupation during the Second World War. Mr Macron is due to attend commemorations at Clarence House with Prince Charles, and will award London the Legion d'Honneur – France's highest accolade – for its role in sheltering de Gaulle during the conflict. Mr Johnson said four Frenchmen, Edgard Tupët-Thomé, aged 100, Daniel Bouyjou-Cordier, 99, Hubert Germain also 99, and Pierre Simonet, 98, would be honoured by the UK. The quartet are the four surviving ‘Compagnons’ of the Order of Liberation and played a significant role in paving the way for the Allies’ rapid advance through France following the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. Cincinnati Reds team holds a banner after it won the 1919 World Series of Major League Baseball at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Oct. 9. The captains of Woolwich Arsenal and Newcastle United shake hands before the start of the opening match of the soccer season on Aug. 31 in London. Joyous American soldiers piled into an overcrowded convertible car waving their hats following end of WWI in New Jersey, U.S.  Pilot Albert C. Read at the controls of NC-4 biplane in the U.S. Crowd waiting to see the 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson during his visit to Europe for the Versailles Peace conference.   Mahatma Gandhi addressing an outdoor meeting of his countrymen in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, in May. Junior League of Saint Paul, a volunteer organization, sell flowers outside a public building in the U.S. A Parisian couple at Longchamp horse races on June 8. Runners in action during a steeplechase event at Harvard track meet in the U.S. A Royal Navy Commander on his wedding day in the U.K. on Aug. 12. A skating pair show off their moves in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. A soldier stands within ruins of the cloister of a cathedral in Arras, France. Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown take off from Newfoundland (part of present day Canada) on July 14, 1919, for the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Delivery of Austrian navy fleet to Venice, Italy, in August 1919 Public school members compete in a rugby match at the Old Deer Park in Richmond, England, in January.  Nicholas Horthy De Nagybánya leads the National Army into Budapest, Hungary, where he was later proclaimed regent.  Women making bunches in Japan. A couple living in a cellar of their former home, which is in complete ruins, in Lens, France, on April 11.  The Prime Minister said: “Eighty years ago Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the French Resistance, arrived in London knowing that the values of freedom, tolerance and democracy that Britain and France shared were under threat. “The four men we are honouring today – Pierre, Edgard, Daniel and Hubert – symbolise the enduring depth and strength of the friendship between our two countries. Unlike most foreign travellers arriving from abroad, Mr Macron will not have to self-isolate for 14 days after landing in the UK before being allowed out – despite Covid-19 rules. No10 said the premier and his officials would be spared quarantine because “the French delegation will fall within the exempted category of representatives of a foreign country or territory travelling to undertake business in the UK”. Mr Macron needs a boost in France where his presidency has suffered from 18 months of protests and strikes, and the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 29,000 people.