The church bells ring out in Paris
The Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris stood as silent witnesses to the German Occupation of Paris between June 1940 and August 1944. They also witnessed the Liberation in August 1944, marked initially on 24 August by all the church bells ringing out in the first time for four years. After some fighting in the streets on 25 August, the French capital was liberated.
The following day - Saturday 26 August 1944 - General Charles de Gaulle made his triumphal entry into Paris, walking from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs Élysées and eventually to Notre Dame Cathedral where the 'Magnificat' was sung. Was this was De Gaulle’s finest hour? Personally, I think it probably was - certainly during the war and all that had happened in the previous four years.
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