President Nicolas Sarkozy has led French commemorations for the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Following the traditional military parade on the Champs Elysees, the President continued his policy of marking May 8th and other major dates outside Paris. A year ago he visited Ouistreham in Normandy; last November he marked the First World War Armistice Day at Douaumont in Lorraine. Now it was to Ste-Maxime in Provence, and the beaches where Allied forces stormed ashore to launch the invasion of southern France in August 1944. The highlight of the day was a review of the French navy; 16 warships supported by air cover. Next month, the French leader will welcome President Obama to Normandy as they commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
France commemorates WW2 victory