After months of work, we are happy to announce that LRE Foundation has a new operational branch: LRE France!
Following the founding of LRE Italy and LRE UK, the establishment of LRE France is an important step forward for the LRE Foundation, which aims to expand its network and connect the various WWII memorial sites in Europe through a wide range of projects, including Liberation Route Europe, the Certified Cultural Route following the advance of the Allies during WWII, and Europe Remembers, the online portal for European remembrance events and historical sites.
“I am delighted that the LRE France organization is now up and running. It will play an invaluable role in the development of our activities in France and the growth of our network.”, said Rémi Praud, LRE Foundation Managing Director.
The historian and remembrance tourism expert Isabelle Lebreton has been named director of LRE France, where she will assist the LRE Foundation in developing new projects in the country. “I am really happy to join the LRE project.”, Isabelle Lebreton sayd. “I wish to contribute to the development of meaningful remembrance projects in France. Through the “Route de la Liberation” in particular and with the help of partners that I am eager to meet.”
The major goal of LRE France is to support the dissemination of WWII memory in France by developing the “Route de la Libération,” a cultural and memorial route that connects the regions liberated from Nazi occupation between 1944 and 1945. The aim is to extend the existing Liberation Route Europe hiking path, totaling 1500 kilometers of trails and developing themed routes and historical content. The Fédération Française de Randonnées, the French hiking federation, is one of LRE France’s key partners and will help in this mission.
2023 will be an important and productive year for the new LRE branch and will kick off with the organization of numerous outreach events. The first one is scheduled for March and will take place in northern France. These occasions will be ideal for introducing LRE France’s projects and objectives in order to attract new members and partners.