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September 11th Anniversary: France Remembers

Publié le July 25, 2011
the ten-story model of the Twin Towers directly across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

A French civic group is set to honor the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a ten-story model of the Twin Towers directly across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The association, The French Will Never Forget , was founded by Paul Bensabat, Jean-Pierre Heim, Christian Millet and Patrick du Tertre, who came together in a common desire to emphasize the gratitude of the French people towards the United States. The group has organized numerous events and high-level commemorations and events observing Franco-American ties.

The message of the project will be: “Never forget about the catastrophe in 2001 and the sacrifices of Americans made in World War II to help the liberation of France.” The position of the Eiffel Tower behind the World Trade Center Towers emphasizes the friendship between France and the United States. One of the towers will list all the names of the victims, while the other tower will list sympathetic messages posted on Facebook by those demonstrating their support.

After the Attacks: France Stands with the United States

Mr. Chirac was the first foreign leader to visit Washington and New York after the attacks.

The social media messages are likely to echo France’s solidarity with the United States in the immediate global response following the tragedy. The newspaper Le Monde ran a now-famous editorial declaring "we are all Americans." Jacques Chirac, then the President of the Republic, expressed outrage and condolences to Americans, saying that "France is deeply upset to learn of the monstrous attacks that have just struck the United States... All French people stand by the American people." Mr. Chirac was also the first foreign leader to visit Washington and New York after the attacks, symbolically affirming his support. He offered French military involvement in what would become the war in Afghanistan.

President Nicolas Sarkozy will make a similar show of support this Friday, September 9, when he will visit the American embassy in Paris to participate in a ceremony commemorating the tragedy. Mr. Sarkozy will "pay homage, in the name of France and the French people, to the memory of the victims," according to an official statement from the President’s website.

Ten Years Later: France Will Never Forget

The activities of The French Will Never Forget will begin this Sunday at 2:30pm at the Place du Trocadéro, in front of the Droits de l’Homme Square. Tony Benetatos, a American rescuer active immediately after September 11, will be present to receive honors from the organizers. A classical music concert will begin at 8:15pm, played by the Orchestra and Choirs of the Academy of Music of Paris, who will be joined by young musicians based in New York City.

Concertgoers are encouraged to dress in white and to bring a flashlight or mobile phone, in order that those observing the ceremony shed "lights of remembrance, of friendship and of peace," according to a communiqué from the association.

For more information, or if you would like to convey a message for placement on the towers, please visit the association’s Facebook page.

For more information, or if you would like to convey a message for placement on the towers, please visit the association’s facebook page.

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