Throwing a damper on the particularly important WWII remembrance ceremonies this year is, "a cynical need for a photo-op by France's popularity-challenged Socialist president François Hollande", according to Anita Rieu-Sicart - editor of the English-language Var Village Voice magazine published in the region.
writing for the Var Village Voice takes up the story: "Local officials, and others, are very upset, and rightly so.
suggests that the on-again, off-again ceremonies in the Var
have been let down by a president desperate to bolster his
flagging support with a photo opportunity at the port of Toulon.
Story: Anita Rieu-Sicart
(This article was written for the VAR VILLAGE VOICE which circulates to expats throughout the Var
Reprinted here by kind permission of Anita Rieu-Sicart, Editor, VAR VILLAGE VOICE, 1142 Route des Miquelets, 83510 Lorgues.