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Léon Gautier: Last French D-Day fighter dies aged 100

Posted on AllSides July 3rd, 2023
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The last surviving member of a French commando unit that took part in the Normandy landings during World War Two has died at the age of 100.

Léon Gautier served with the Fusiliers Marins Commando - the only unit of Free French troops to go ashore during D-Day on 6 June 1944.

Mr Gautier later called war a "misery" that "ends with widows and orphans".

French President Emmanuel Macron described Mr Gautier and his comrades as "heroes of the Liberation".

"We will not forget him," Mr Macron wrote on Twitter....

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