A former German soldier in uniform for the May 8 ceremony in this small village in Aveyron

A former German soldier in uniform for the May 8 ceremony in this small village in Aveyron
A former German soldier in uniform for the May 8 ceremony in this small village in Aveyron

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On May 8, several Bouillacois residents were very surprised to see a former German soldier take part in the ceremony.

Harmony between the French and German peoples dates back several decades and has materialized through European construction and multiple exchanges. However, during the ceremony of May 8, 1945, several Bouillacois were surprised to see a former German soldier, in uniform, take part.

This is Andreas Brauns who has just moved to the village with his wife Katharina, he is from Göttingen and she from Cologne. For many years, this couple had been spending their vacations in France. “We stayed in various seaside resorts in the Mediterranean and on the Atlantic coast. Once retired, we wanted to settle near the sea but it is very expensive and we chose the countryside and Bouillac. We are won over by this charming village,” explains Andreas, who speaks the language of Molière very well with only a slight accent, while his wife takes French lessons.

Andreas Brauns, who served for 44 years in the German Army, finished his career at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Francophile and French-speaking, he had France in mind for a long time. It’s done.

“Located near the church square, Andreas and Katharina quickly integrated into village life and participate in local activities. The Martin family preferred to sell their house to permanent residents rather than as a second home,” confide Mayor Gilles Pons and First Deputy Jean-Paul Ginestet.

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