HOLIDAYING MACRON CRITICISED FOR CEREMONY NO-SHOW
French President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised for choosing to remain on holiday, rather than attend an important ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Amiens.
M. Macron refused to take a break from his holiday in the south of France and the country’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also stayed away from the service attended by Prince William and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Political opponents were furious, with MP Jacques Myard tweeting that the no-shows were a sign of ‘historical ignorance’ and senator Alain Houpert saying it showed of ‘a lack of gratitude’ towards those who gave their life for France.
Australia, Germany, Canada and Ireland were among the nations to send high ranking representatives.
The victory of Allied Forces against Germany at Amiens on August 8, 1918, helped bring an end to World War l but it was a costly battle with thousands of soldiers on both sides being killed.
ABOVE: President Macron was criticised for not attending the ceremony in Amiens