Sick German tourists raise Nazi flag on Normandy beach where thousands of Allies died

GERMAN tourists have been arrested for allegedly raising a Nazi flag on a Normandy beach during D-Day commemorations.

The four were staying at a campsite that overlooks Omaha beach where thousands of American soldiers died on June 6, 1944.

The group caused offence and outrage to disbelieving onlookers as they hoisted the Nazi flag on the 75th anniversary of the WWll landings last Thursday.

Around 5,000 mainly American soldiers died on the beach.

A source said
“They initially said they wanted to mark the day properly, sticking to history.

It was a commemoration of sorts because the area was full of German camps in the 40s but it caused an enormous amount of anger and hurt.”

Police were called and took away the flag which cannot be displayed under French law.

The unnamed tourists, who were staying at the Vierville-sur-Mer campsite in Normandy, reportedly face a fine of £1,300 and a warning if convicted.

Camp owner Ludovic Vautier said he was furious when he heard what happened.

He told Ouest France newspaper: “My blood was boiling.

“I immediately went to see the group and asked them to remove the object.

“They did so without any problem and told me they did not know it was forbidden. I alerted the gendarmes because to begin with I didn’t know who I was dealing with.”

Mr Vautier added that the group were in their 40s.

He said they had claimed to have bought the flag at a memorabilia shop.

Neo-Nazi groups have turned up at D-Day commemorations in the past in France where any Nazi insignia is forbidden.