Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008
It has been reported that, following the lead of Luxembourg's Prime Minister, France's European Affairs Secrétaire d'Etat, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, is about to propose that the May 8 public holiday commemorating the end of World War II be replaced by May 9, the Day of Europe.
However, the UMP's Party Whip, Jean-François Copé, immediately re-stated his opposition to such a measure.
The May 8th public holiday had been canceled in 1959 by then President DeGaulle as a gesture towards French-German reconciliation. However, it was restored in 1981 by President Mitterrand.
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