/Red Arrows fly over Eiffel Tower in incredible pilots-eye footage

Red Arrows fly over Eiffel Tower in incredible pilots-eye footage

Incredible footage shows the moment the Red Arrows performed a flypast over Paris on the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s 1940 call to resist the Nazis.

Cockpit video from yesterday’s display shows RAF jets in total streaking red, white and blue smoke over the French capital’s landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower.

The aerobatics squadrons flew over Paris with their French counterpart the Patrouille de France yesterday before making their way to London.  

Eighteen jets performed the flyovers to commemorate General de Gaulle’s famous call to arms, broadcast by the BBC from London during World War Two.

Yesterday, Emmanuel Macron arrived in the UK capital to mark the anniversary and discuss Brexit and the coronavirus crisis with Boris Johnson. 

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and the French Air Force Aerobatic Team, La Patrouille de France, perform a fly-past over Paris yesterday

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and the French Air Force Aerobatic Team, La Patrouille de France, perform a fly-past over Paris yesterday

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and the French Air Force Aerobatic Team, La Patrouille de France, perform a fly-past over Paris yesterday

Cockpit video from yesterday's display shows RAF jets in total streaking red, white and blue smoke over the French capital's landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower (yesterday)

Cockpit video from yesterday's display shows RAF jets in total streaking red, white and blue smoke over the French capital's landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower (yesterday)

Cockpit video from yesterday’s display shows RAF jets in total streaking red, white and blue smoke over the French capital’s landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower (yesterday)

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and the Patrouille de France carried out joint flypasts of both Paris and London yesterday (pictured, on the ground before take-off)

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and the Patrouille de France carried out joint flypasts of both Paris and London yesterday (pictured, on the ground before take-off)

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, and the Patrouille de France carried out joint flypasts of both Paris and London yesterday (pictured, on the ground before take-off)

Nine Red Arrows and nine PAF took part in the international flyovers yesterday, performing first in Paris and then London. 

They left RAF Brize Norton at 4.40pm before swooping through Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Surrey before getting into west London. 

The jets flew over Buckingham Palace at 5pm as Prince Charles welcomed Mr Macron, before flying north into Essex, through Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

Finally, they landed at RAF Scampton just before 5.30pm. 

General de Gaulle laid the foundation of French resistance to the Germans. His broadcast from London is comparable to Winston Churchill’s wartime speeches.

Refusing to support an armistice with the Nazis and facing imminent arrest, de Gaulle fled to London, arriving the day before he made his famous speech. 

The Red Arrows and their French equivalent, Patrouille de France, performing a flypast of Paris and London during Emmanuel Macron's visit to the UK yesterday

The Red Arrows and their French equivalent, Patrouille de France, performing a flypast of Paris and London during Emmanuel Macron's visit to the UK yesterday

The Red Arrows and their French equivalent, Patrouille de France, performing a flypast of Paris and London during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the UK yesterday

The Red Arrows and the Patrouille de France fly over London 80th Anniversary of General de Gaulle's Appel yesterday as Emmanuel Macron arrived in the UK

The Red Arrows and the Patrouille de France fly over London 80th Anniversary of General de Gaulle's Appel yesterday as Emmanuel Macron arrived in the UK

The Red Arrows and the Patrouille de France fly over London 80th Anniversary of General de Gaulle’s Appel yesterday as Emmanuel Macron arrived in the UK

General de Gaulle laid the foundation of French resistance to the Germans. His broadcast from London is comparable to Winston Churchill's wartime speeches

General de Gaulle laid the foundation of French resistance to the Germans. His broadcast from London is comparable to Winston Churchill's wartime speeches

General de Gaulle laid the foundation of French resistance to the Germans. His broadcast from London is comparable to Winston Churchill’s wartime speeches 

Broadcast by the BBC, de Gaulle said: ‘The generals who, for many years, have been at the head of the French armies, have formed a government. 

‘This government, claiming the defeat of our armies, has made contact with the enemy to halt the fighting.’

The future president of France described how the country had been overwhelmed by Germany’s blitzkrieg tactics and its ‘infinite’ supply of tanks and fighter planes.

But he said: ‘Has the last word been said? Must all hope disappear? Is defeat definitive? No! Believe me, I am speaking to you with a full understanding of the facts and I tell you that nothing is lost for France.’ 

After his speech, de Daulle led his Free Forces from the British capital.

The two nation's leaders watch on and Mr Johnson points to the sky during the spectacular flyover in London this afternoon

The two nation's leaders watch on and Mr Johnson points to the sky during the spectacular flyover in London this afternoon

The Red Arrows and La Patrouille de France perform a flypast as Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron watched from Horse Guards Parade in London yesterday

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle in World War Two

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle in World War Two

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle in World War Two

The French President is expected to hold tense behind-the-scenes talks with Prime Minister Johnson on Brexit and the coronavirus crisis. 

Mr Johnson has announced honorary British MBE awards to four surviving French resistance fighters – one aged 100 and three in their late 90s. 

‘I have no doubt that – working side by side – the UK and France will continue to rise to every new challenge and seize every opportunity that lies ahead,’ the PM said.

Before heading to Britain, President Macron met in Paris with Hubert Germain, 99, one of the four surviving Resistance heroes.

‘Our country is proud of your courage and it still inspires us. We will make sure every young person knows what they owe you,’ he told the veteran.

General de Gaulle’s famous appeal to his countrymen: L’appel 

Charles de Gaulle’s appeal, June 18, 1940:

The leaders who, for many years, have been at the head of the French armies have formed a government. This government, alleging the defeat of our armies, has made contact with the enemy in order to stop the fighting.

It is true, we were, we are, overwhelmed by the mechanical, ground and air forces of the enemy. Infinitely more than their number, it is the tanks, the aeroplanes, the tactics of the Germans which are causing us to retreat. It was the tanks, the aeroplanes, the tactics of the Germans that surprised our leaders to the point of bringing them to where they are today.

But has the last word been said? Must hope disappear? Is defeat final? No!

Believe me, I who am speaking to you with full knowledge of the facts, and who tell you that nothing is lost for France. The same means that overcame us can bring us victory one day.

For France is not alone! She is not alone! She is not alone! She has a vast Empire behind her. She can align with the British Empire that holds the sea and continues the fight. She can, like England, use without limit the immense industry of the United States.

This war is not limited to the unfortunate territory of our country. This war is not over as a result of the Battle of France. This war is a world war. All the mistakes, all the delays, all the suffering, do not alter the fact that there are, in the world, all the means necessary to crush our enemies one day.

Vanquished today by mechanical force, in the future we will be able to overcome by a superior mechanical force. The fate of the world depends on it.

I, General de Gaulle, currently in London, invite the officers and the French soldiers who are located in British territory or who might end up here, with their weapons or without their weapons, I invite the engineers and the specialised workers of the armament industries who are located in British territory or who might end up here, to put themselves in contact with me.

Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. Tomorrow, as today, I will speak on the radio from London. 

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