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Royal bloom: France marks Queen state visit, says it with flowers

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, and French President Francois Hollande, left, receive flowers during a visit at the Flowers Market (Marche aux Fleurs) in Paris, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Queen Elizabeth finishes her three-day state visit in France following the international D-Day commemoration ceremonies in Normandy, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre, and French President Francois Hollande, left, receive flowers during a visit at the Flowers Market (Marche aux Fleurs) in Paris, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Queen Elizabeth finishes her three-day state visit in France following the international D-Day commemoration ceremonies in Normandy, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

PARIS - Paris says it with flowers.

To mark what might be Queen Elizabeth II's last visit to France, the City of Light has named a flower market in her honour.

On Saturday, Her Britannic Majesty visited the Marche aux Fleurs, a site that's been selling sweet-scented blossoms for over 200 years, for the tribute.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who testified to Parisians' "enormous affection" for the 88-year-old monarch, renamed the site "Marche aux Fleurs — Reine Elizabeth II."

The queen smiled, though her new namesake lies close by the prison where the French queen, Marie Antoinette, was confined while awaiting the guillotine.

Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, 92, have sharply cut back their foreign travels, but made an exception for the three-day state visit for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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