Patrouille de France and Red Arrows Commemorate Birth of French Resistance With Paris Flyover

The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows and French Air Force’s Patrouille de France flew over Paris on June 18 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s Appeal of 18 June speech, UK Defence In France said.

On June 18, 1940, during World War II, De Gaulle spoke to the people of Nazi-occupied France from London, using the BBC to send a radio message urging them not to give up fighting Hitler’s forces.

“Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished,” De Gaulle said.

A London flyover was scheduled for later that day. French President Emmanuel Macron was in the English capital to commemorate the occasion. He was also due to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss their respective approaches to the coronavirus pandemic, France 24 reported.

This video shows the aircraft flying over Paris near the Grand Palais. Credit: UK Defence In France via Storyful