Anzac Day message [fr]
This Anzac Day, France honours the memory of the 332,000 Australian soldiers and 128,000 New Zealand soldiers who came to France to defend our freedom and values of democracy during World War I.
This date marks not only the entry of the troops from these two countries into the Great War - in Turkey with the battle at Gallipoli in 1915 -, but also the liberation, three years later, of Villers-Bretonneux (department of Somme). It also pays tribute to the 60,000 Australian and New Zealand troops who died during World War I.
France remembers the sacrifice of these men who gave their lives for peace and freedom.
For His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier’s Anzac Day speech please click here.