The Prime Minister Manuel Valls
After the ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the massacre at Oradour was over, the Prime Minister Manuel Valls went on a walkabout, shaking hands and generally using the occasion as a party political event. This I thought was wrong, the day was for remembering the past, not making political capital. I feel he should simply have thanked everyone involved and left (maybe I am wrong and this was just the French way of doing things, but in places it did look like a political event, rather than an occasion for national remembrance). The building in the background is the Post Office in the new town of Oradour-sur-Glane.
© Michael Williams: June 2014