In Pictures: Spectacular flypast welcomes Emmanuel Macron to London

A colourful flypast by the Red Arrows and their French equivalent La Patrouille de France welcomed President Emmanuel Macron to London on Thursday.

Mr Macron was visiting London to mark the 80th anniversary of the wartime broadcast by General Charles de Gaulle, which rallied French people in the aftermath of the occupation of the country.

Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed Mr Macron to Downing Street, where the two leaders held bilateral talks – while observing social distancing measures.

Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit
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Before meeting Mr Johnson, Mr Macron delivered a passionate speech thanking London for giving his Second World War countrymen and women a voice and platform to fight Nazi tyranny.

Mr Macron, speaking in French in the shadow of General de Gaulle’s statue in Carlton Gardens, in central London, said: “This is where de Gaulle was able to call on the French people to join the resistance. The soldiers of the shadows.

“Because 80 years ago today, on June 18 1940, the United Kingdom gave Free France its first weapon, a BBC microphone.

“So the airwaves carried de Gaulle’s determined words and spirit of resistance, which built a bridge across the Channel for those refusing to be enslaved or give up their freedom.”

He was welcomed by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who stood nearby during his address.

Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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The president laid a wreath at the foot of the de Gaulle statue following a ceremonial welcome from the Prince of Wales.

Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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Emmanuel Macron visit to the UK
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