The capitulation of Nazi Germany took place in two stages: in Reims on May 7, then in Berlin, the early hours of May 9 The entry into force of the "military action" of Reims, May 8, marks only the end of hostilities in the West, the war will actually end by taking the Japanese surrender on 2 September.
Therefore the commemoration of May 8, historically groundless, has not been a consensus for 70 years. General de Gaulle, also more sensitive to the commemoration of November 11, 1918, preferred to give a special luster to the anniversary of the appeal of June 18.
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