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Leaders of France and Germany in poignant show of unity 100 years after WW1

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago near the northern French town of Compiègne. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. 

More than 3 million French and German troops were among an estimated 10 million soldiers who died in the Great War of 1914-1918. Much of the heaviest fighting was in trenches in northern France and Belgium.

A German delegation signed the Armistice before sunrise on Nov 11, 1918, in a private train belonging to the commander of French forces, Ferdinand Foch, parked on rail track running through the Compiegne Forest. Hours later, at 11.00 a.m., the war ended.

“Europe has been at peace for 73 years. It is at peace because we want it to be, because Germany and France want peace,” Macron told several youngsters, with Merkel at his side, referring to the peace since the end of World War Two in 1945.

“And so the message, if we want to live up to the sacrifice of those soldiers who said ‘Never again!’, is to never yield to our weakest instincts, nor to efforts to divide us.”

Source : CNBC

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