During the First World War, the Belgian government fled to a small Norman town called Sainte-Adresse. Last year, to commemorate a hundred years since the First World War, King Philippe travelled to Normandy to celebrate this historic episode. This year, the town will once again celebrate its link to Belgium during Franco-Belgian festivities, the Paris paper Paris-Normandie announced on Tuesday. In 1914, with the Kaiser’s troops were heading to Belgium, the Belgian government asked France to take them in. From October, Belgian executives and officials began moving to Sainte-Adresse to set up a government in exile. It would remain the temporary Belgian capital until the Germans were defeated.
Last year, King Philippe went to Normandy to commemorate the hundred year anniversary of this shared episode in Franco-Belgian history. This year, the town will once again celebrate its link to Belgium. There will be events for a whole week, from the 14th to the 21st of July, to show the friendship between the two countries.
The town will take on a Belgian flavour, with numerous tasting stands full of Belgian specialties. There will be animations, and a football match between Havre Athletic Club and the Royal Excelsior de Virton. The 21st of July will also be celebrated at Sainte-Adresse.