Some 200 French veterans of the Resistance and World War II boarded a special Eurostar train in Paris Friday to join ceremonies in London. A portrait of de Gaulle was emblazoned on the train.
Another veteran, 95-year-old George Zwang, said, “We have to think about those who aren’t here, those we left behind.”
“The prime minister and the president had an opportunity to swap notes on the progress of their respective teams in the World Cup,” Mr. Cameron’s office confirmed in a statement.
Other commemorations are planned Friday across France, and include the projection of images from World War II onto the facade of Paris’ Invalides, the gold-domed complex where Napoleon is buried.
Mr. Sarkozy is also scheduled to take part in a ceremony at the Mont Valerien memorial to the French Resistance, close to Paris.
Associated Press Writers Angela Charlton and Jenny Barchfield in Paris contributed to this story.