(Bloomberg) — French President Emmanuel Macron plans to travel to London to award the city with France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on the 80th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s June 18, 1940, appeal to the French Resistance from the U.K. capital.“I am coming to London in June to award the city the Legion d’Honneur, in tribute to the immense courage of a whole country and people” during World War II, Macron said in a letter to “British Friends” released on social networks on Saturday.The U.K. yesterday left the European Union after almost half a century of membership and Macron stressed that Brexit won’t spoil the close historical ties between the long-time allies and assured the U.K. of the ongoing friendship of the French people.“Dear British friends, you are leaving the European Union but you are not leaving Europe,” he wrote. “The Channel has never managed to separate our destinies; Brexit will not do so, either.”To contact the reporter on this story: Geraldine Amiel in Paris at gamiel@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net, James Amott, Helen NyamburaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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