PARIS, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- At the 70th anniversary of Paris Liberation from Nazi rule, French President Francois Hollande on Monday paid tribute to sacrifices of national fighters and looked to the country's future, urging unity and willingness to enjoy a rosy prospect.
"Commemorating is always speaking about France, to learn from the past a lesson to continue for our destiny," the French president said.
The anniversary of the August 25, 1944, date of Paris Liberation by French resistance fighters with the help of allied group, was "a message that men and women always decide their fate and the destiny of their country."
In heavy rainfall, Hollande pledged to "devote all the energy" for a better future of the eurozone's second leading power.
"We can overcome the dangers and difficulties if willingness exists and unity is reached," he added.
In a visit to the Ile de Sein in north west of France, Hollande, accompanied by Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, met with veterans and visited the museum of Resistance before laying a wreath at the Resistance monument.
Despite the unfavorable weather, Hollande took his time to meet tourists and residents in Ile de Sein likely to bridge gap with discontented voters and gain some points in slumping approval ratings, currently at 17 percent, according to Ifop poll.