Churchill’s statue uncovered ahead of Macron visit

Sir Winston Churchill’s statue is being uncovered ahead of a visit to London by the French President.

However, monuments to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi will stay being screens.

The statues were covered before last weekend’s protests in central London.

During the trouble Sir Winston’s statue plinth was daubed with the word “racist”.

A spokesman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said:

“The covering around the Winston Churchill statue will be removed for the visit of President Macron to London.

Mr Macron will mark the 80th anniversary of exiled leader General Charles de Gaulle’s appeal to the French in WWII.

The General delivered a stirring speech to his people to resist the German occupation.

His rallying call was broadcast on the BBC in June 1940.

He said: “I call upon all Frenchmen who want to remain free to listen to my voice and follow me.”

It was in the upstairs bar of the French House in Soho that De Gaulle penned “À tous les Français”.





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