Talen til ambassadør Dobelle i anledning minnesmarkeringen, 11. november 2018 [fr]
I anledning 100årsdagen til inngåelsen av våpenhvilen som markerte slutten på første verdenskrig den 11. november, holdt Frankrikes ambassadør ti Norge, Jean-François Dobelle, en tale ved det franske minnesmerket på Vestre Gravlund i Oslo.
"On both sides of the no man’s land, soldiers are exhausted and long for peace. However, paradoxically, they stay relatively determined. The sacrifices they have made since the first day of the war and the losses are so high that the peace does not seem possible without a military victory. Moreover, the secret negotiation attempts have completely failed". (page 13)
The final Armistice is signed in the forest of Compiègne, near Rethondes, on the 11th of November, 1918.
"In October, the idea of defeat has entered the minds of the German Generals, and they only want to sign an armistice as fast as possible, before the enemy could take the full measure of its victory. But the Emperor Guillaume II refuses to abdicate in spite of the huge demonstrations which shake up Germany. A revolutionary wave overwhelms the country and ultimately leads the Emperor to give up the throne. A Republic is founded in order to avoid a Spartacist revolution, and the recently formed government accepts the signature of an armistice. The final Armistice is signed in the forest of Compiègne, near Rethondes, on the 11th of November, 1918, while the last battle of the war is still raging around Mons, in Belgium. Allies are victorious and Germany is defeated." (page 18-19)
The 11th of November is the day of remembrance, of contemplation and of meditation over the tragedies of History.
"The 11th of November is the day of remembrance, of contemplation and of meditation over the tragedies of History. We pay tribute to and praise everyone who died for the Country and achieve a duty of memory, an essential duty to prevent the occurrence the repetition of the great tragedies of the 20th century. This celebration must also remind us of the priceless, albeit fragile, value of peace, never irreversible." (page 20)
Les hele talen her (den engelske versjonen begynner på side 12):
- Ambassadør Dobelles tale, 11.november 2018
- (PDF - 373.8 ko)