On Friday Joan of Arc “belongs to no party, no clan in France,” insisted President Nicolas Sarkozy , hoping to make it a symbol of “unity” and not of division, while the National Front has made this historical figure, for many years, one of its icons.
“Jeanne belongs to no party, no clan in France,” said the head of state during a trip to mark the 600th anniversary of his birth. “May we continue to think of it (…) as a symbol of our unity, and not to leave in the hands of those who would use it to divide,” he said. “Divide the name of Joan of Arc, is to betray the memory of Joan of Arc,” insisted Nicolas Sarkozy.
“I think very important for the idea that we have of the French nation, to honor the memory of the characters who throughout our history have so shaped the identity of our country and have such a place in the heart each of our citizens, “said the head of state at the outset of his speech.
On Friday morning Nicolas Sarkozy traveled at Domremy-la-Pucelle (Vosges), where he visited the village church and the birthplace of Joan of Arc. Then he went to Vaucouleurs (Meuse) for his speech of commemoration.
The National Front organized a rally Saturday in front of the Statue of Joan of Arc, Place des Pyramids in Paris, in turn, to commemorate the birth of Joan of Arc, January 6, 1412.