In France, more than a thousand people marched through Paris on Sunday (13 May) to mark the five hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Orleans by the French national heroine, Joan of arc.
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Background: In France, more than a thousand people marched through Paris on Sunday (13 May) to mark the five hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Orleans by the French national heroine, Joan of arc. The annual parade is normally made up of members of tiny monarchist movements, but this year's march included a strong contingent from the extreme right-wing Parti des forces Nouvelles (PFN) and French Nationalist Party.
SYNOPSIS: The parade began in the Place de la Concorde in the centre of Paris and made its way to the statue of Joan of Arc in the Place des Pyramides. The annual event is only a shadow of what it was thirty years ago when the Monarchists were a powerful political force and the march attracted many thousands of supporters. Leading the parade were several right-wing politicians including Jean-Louis Tixier-Vignancour, of the PFN, who was a founder member of the Euro-right alliance created last year.
Although the main purpose of the march was to commemorate Joan of Arc, right-wing parties called upon their supporters to join the parade in protest against the mayor of Paris' refusal to allow them to hold a national convention in the city. This was to have been held in the Arenes de Lutece, an ancient Roman amphitheatre. the Mayor objected since the monument has never been used for political rallies.