PLACE DE GAULLE

Bayeux yesterday and today.

General_de_Gaulle_addressing_the_citizens_of_Bayeux,_14_June_1944._A24136 General de Gaulle addressing the citizens of Bayeux, 14 June 1944
P1050813 …and the same place today.

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Like so many places in Bayeux and Normandy, the apparent calm and tranquility hides a history of dramatic events. La Place de Gaulle was the location of General de Gaulle’s famous Bayeux Speeches, the first one taking place on June 14th, 1944 just a few days after the Normandy invasion. Today, high school students hang out on the sparse lawns and families bike weekends on its quaint paths.