Former member of Captain Philippe Kieffer’s Free French commando, 91-year-old Leon Gautier, attends a commando ceremony in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy, France. Mr Gautier landed on the beach of Ouistreham with Kieffer’s special forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This week marks the 70th anniversary of that event.
British World War II veteran Herbert Beddows, 92, who served with three commandos and landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944, poses on the beach front outside Colleville-Montgomery, in northern France, on Wednesday. This week marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings
Giant portraits by French street artist and photographer JR are pictured during the presentation of his creation at the Pantheon in Paris on Tuesday
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French teenagers, who are part of a second world war re-enactment group, relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to Gold beach, as preparations for the 70th anniversary of D-day are finalised on Monday in Bayeux, France
Illegal Afghan immigrants wait to be expelled from their camp at Calais. French police early Wednesday began expelling around 650 migrants from camps in the northern port of Calais.
A participant in the Mud Day event throws a bucket of mud at a friend during run in Beynes, west of Paris on Thursday. Thousands of runners seeking a challenge competed in a circuit of approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) with over 20 obstacles, most of them set in mud.
Activists of the Ukrainian women movement Femen raise their fists during a “Fascist’s epidemic” protest in Paris, to disturb a press conference of French far-right National Front (FN) party, marking the start of the FN’s electoral campaign for the European elections. The European Parliamentary elections will take place from May 22 to May 25, 2014 Read more
An employee of the Seita-Imperial Tobacco plant in Carquefou wears the symbolic cask of comic book hero Asterix during a protest at the entrance of the factory. Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs.
A bird perches on one of the 16,142 graves at Douaumont cemetery near Verdun, northeastern France. The cemetery is the largest single French military burial place of the first world war.
Manuel Valls (left), France’s newly appointed prime minister, meets President François Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.