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I lift my glass to the great British people, ally and friend of the French people.

— French President Francois Hollande, offering a toast at a dinner in Paris to the friendship of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island and the Republic of France. Queen Elizabeth II and her family were among Hollande’s guests at the dinner, which honored those who gave their lives to the Allied cause in WWII.