Saturday, 16 December 2017

Veteran puts French president on spot

A NORMANDY veteran from Henley took the French President by surprise at the 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day.

Zbigniew Mieczkowski, 92, shook hands with François Hollande before quizzing him on his country’s relations with Russia in front of TV cameras from around the world.

He also met the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Ouistreham beach in Normandy on Friday.

Mr Mieczkowski, who is Polish, was one of 15 veterans chosen specially to greet the heads of state of the 19 countries represented.

The retired major, who served with the Polish Armoured Division during the Allied troop invasion in 1944, said it was an “emotional” occasion.

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