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FRANCE'S NATIONAL DAY - Ingrid Loyau Kennett

Date: 11th July 2013

FRENCH NATIONAL DAY - Ingrid Loyau Kennett

Because of my research, documentary and ongoing work on the Free French pilot René Mouchotte, I was fortunate to be invited to the French Ambassador’s National Day Cocktail Party at his residence in Kensington Park Gardens.

It was a most enjoyable affair and I met with many French people with whom I’ve become involved over the past year.

I was absolutely delighted when the Ambassador announced that the French Government was awarding a medal to Ingrid Loyau Kennett for her actions at the time of the Woolwich murder and butchery of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Ms. Kennett, although of British parentage, was born in France. Unfortunately there were so many guests it was absolutely impossible to get anywhere near her.

I feel that the word ‘Hero’ is drastically overused by the Media these days. How can you call a footballer earning millions a Hero just because he helps his side win. And that too extends to other Sports personalities. I greatly admire and respect their discipline, dedication etc. but at the end of the day, they are not putting their lives in danger and they stand to make fortunes through sponsorship. Give them the credit where it is due but don’t call them ‘Heroes’.

Heroism is acting without any thought for one’s own personal safety and that is what Ingrid Loyau Kennett did when she ‘calmed’ the murderers and held their attention in order to prevent them going on a rampage of more killing. They were standing there bloodsoaked and with murder in their hearts and minds. She was indeed an incredibly brave woman as was the black woman who cradled Lee Rigby’s body and crooned to him as one would soothe a child. I cannot find her name on the internet but she too should be given an award and I hope our Government sees fit to do so. Both women could have been killed but acted without any thought for their own safety.


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