Sunday, August 17, 2014

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Merville-Franceville

Photos: Twitter of Olivier Paz
Princess Marie-Astrid and her husband Archduke Carl-Christian of Austria were in Merville-Franceville near Caen in the Normandy region today where they participated in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the French town by the Brigade Piron during World War II. The Belgian 1st Infantry Brigade, better known as the Brigade Piron after its commander Jean-Baptiste Piron, was a military unit consisting of Belgian and Luxembourgish soldiers during the Second World War. They liberated Merville-Franceville from the Germans on August 17 and 18, 1944. Fun fact: Princess Marie-Astrid and the mayor of Merville-Franceville, Olivier Paz, attended school together in Paris.

For more pictures, have a look at the Twitter of mayor Olivier Paz.

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