Victoria Ivanova. The head of the French Republic Francois Hollande on events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the landing of allied forces in Normandy, said the crucial role of the USSR in the victory over fascism.
" I salute the courage of the red Army, which is far from here was face to face with 150 of the German divisions and was able to fight back and fight them, " said Hollande.
on the last working day of the week solemn ceremony with participation of the heads of States and governments from Over twenty countries have begun on the beach " Riva Bella " in Normandy. In the event Together with 7 thousand guests of the celebrations is the President of the Russian Federation centuries Putin, his colleague from the USA Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the British Queen Elizabeth the Second, won the elections of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and other leaders.
During his speech Hollande the main task At the moment called " strengthening of unity of the Nations " and " peace "." and among them is the task of the heads of the countries who have gathered here, who serve the world. We need to fight against bigotry, extremism and fascism ", - said the head of France.
Also he made the initiative to make the Beach " Riva Bella " in the world heritage list of UNESCO. Beach " Riva Bella ", in 1944, codenamed Sword Beach - one of the parts of the landing almost 29 thousand British soldiers who faced the enemy's defenses and by the end of D-Day " lost here 630 people killed and wounded.