Charles Aznavour Attends Program Dedicated to Resistance Hero Manouchian

PARIS (Armenpress) —  Charles Aznavour attended a program dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the execution of French Resistance legend Missak Manouchian. The legendary singer posted photos of the events in his facebook page and wrote  a note saying how he was proud to participate in the events dedicated to French-Armenian activist Manouchian.

Previously it was reported that a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the execution of Manouchian and his companions by Nazis was held at Fort Mont-Valérien fortress in the outskirts Paris. French President François Hollande laid a wreath at the memorial in honor of Manouchian and his companions and later gave a speech.

Speaking about Manouchian, Hollande said: “He was one of those survivors of the Armenian Genocide, who settled in France and joined its struggle for liberation. Manouchian was not the only Armenian to sacrifice his life for the freedom of the country.”

He led a group of underground French Resistance forces working against the Nazi occupiers of France, carrying out operations to save persecuted minorities. Manouchian was captured, along with 68 of his comrades. He and 21 of his companions were shot on February 21, 1944, at Fort Mont-Valérien, where Friday’s ceremony took place.

Attending the ceremony were members of the French government, the Senate and the National Assembly, politicians and public figures, Aznavour, and representatives of Armenian organizations in France.