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May 30, 2024

80th anniversary of D-Day: a commemoration made in Normandy

C’était il y a 80 ans. En cette nuit du 5 au 6 juin 1944, un vent de liberté a déferlé sur les plages de Normandie, où débarquaient des dizaines de milliers de soldats pour libérer l’Europe de l’occupation allemande. Un tournant décisif dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale aujourd’hui célébré en hommage à celles et ceux qui ont œuvrés pour la victoire. Pour l’occasion, inDeauville se met aux couleurs du "D-Day" et rejoint la riche programmation des quelques 100 rendez-vous qui se tiendront dans la région.

Arrival of American veterans at Deauville Normandie Airport ©Naïade Plante
Arrival of American veterans at Deauville Normandie Airport ©Naïade Plante

"Robert Capa, Icons", the war in the lens

"If your photo isn't good, it's because you weren't close enough". A motto that Robert Capa who revolutionized photojournalism. His pictures, taken as close as possible to the action, illustrate moments of combat, when man faces danger, so that the truth can be seen. We owe him a series of images of the Normandy Landings, the Spanish Civil War and the Indochina War, on show until November 3 at Les Franciscaines - Deauville.

Mais le travail du photographe ne se résume pas qu’au devoir de mémoire ; le nouveau pôle culturel de Deauville voit large et présente un aspect moins connu de son œuvre, à travers des clichés hauts en couleur réalisés à Deauville, Biarritz ou encore à Budapest. C’est le magazine Holiday qui le laisse exprimer sa créativité ; spectateurs à l’hippodrome, femme souriante au pied des parasols deauvillais, photographie de mode dans les années 1950… L’exposition "Robert Capa, Icônes" n’a jamais aussi bien porté son nom.

Robert Capa, Icons" exhibition at Les Franciscaines - Deauville ©Robert Capa / Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Robert Capa, Icons" exhibition at Les Franciscaines - Deauville Robert Capa / Sandrine Boyer-Engel

Still in the exhibitions... "Women in the war".

After a resounding success in Paris last April, theWomen in War" exhibition organized by Paris Match, takes up residence in the garden opposite theHôtel Barrière Normandy Deauville***** and highlights the often little-known contributions of women during the Second World War. The large-scale photographs invite visitors to stroll through the scenes of women's lives, their work in factories, fields and on the front lines, a true sign of commitment and bravery.

Women in War" exhibition ©U.S. Army Women's Museum

Women in war" exhibition

Mont-Canisy, witness to D-Day

A military site used by the French army since 1918, the Mont-Canisy was occupied by German troops in 1941, during the Second World War. Overlooking the English Channel at a height of 110 m, the hill offers an unobstructed view of the Bay of Seine, the entrance to the ports of Le Havre, Honfleur and Deauville; a strategic point for anticipating possible landings by Allied forces. A hundred or so remains, casemates, blockhouses and bunkers were built.

Eight decades on, the foundations of this fortress remain. Nature has reclaimed its rights. For the past 30 years, volunteers from the association Les Amis du Mont-Canisy have been digging up the past to better evoke its history during guided tours. From the bunkers to the astonishing 250m-long tunnel, explanations are brimming with interest and anecdotes.

What to do in Bénerville-sur-Mer ? The Mont-Canisy ©Etienne Chognard / Sandrine Boyer-Engel / Sandrine Chardon
Mont-Canisy, where remnants of the war remain Etienne Chognard / Sandrine Boyer-Engel / Sandrine Chardon

American veterans land at Deauville airport

A historic flight. The result of a collaboration between Delta Air Lines and the Best Defense Foundation, a plane will fly 60 American veterans from Atlanta to Deauville on June 3. A flying tradition since 2022, this trip makes it easy for veterans to take part in the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, thanks to well thought-out logistics for them and their families. It's a way of celebrating and honoring these heroes, some of whom are returning to Normandy for the first time since 1944.

American veterans at Deauville Normandie airport ©Sandrine Boyer-Engel / Naïade Plante
American veterans at Deauville Normandie airport ©Sandrine Boyer-Engel / Naïade Plante

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