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Thousands of French exiles gathered in London’s Albert hall to listen to de Gaulle’s speechThousands of French exiles gathered in London’s Albert hall to listen to de Gaulle’s speech (AFP Photo/)

Paris (AFP) – French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Britain on Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a hugely symbolic visit and his first foreign trip since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Macron’s visit will mark 80 years since exiled wartime resistance leader Charles de Gaulle made his famous call to a defeated France from London not to give into the Nazis.

Harking back to de Gaulle’s dramatic appeal on June 18, 1940 from BBC studios will give Macron a chance to underline the importance of Anglo-French relations even after Brexit.

But