Macron, Merkel mark armistice centenary
compiègne (france) — President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Saturday unveiled a plaque to their countries’ reconciliation in the forest clearing in France where the armistice ending World War I was signed.
In a symbolic ceremony, Macron and Merkel met at the site near Compiegne in eastern France where Germany officially surrendered on November 11, 1918. It was the first time a German leader had visited the site since World War II.
Macron and Merkel reviewed grey-clad soldiers from the Franco-German brigade, part of the Eurocorps, before standing elbow-to-elbow at the centre of the clearing for the ceremony.
“On the centenary of the November 11, 1918 armistice, Mr Emmanuel Macron, president of the French Republic, and Mrs Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the federal Republic of Germany, here reaffirmed the value of Franco-German reconciliation in the service of Europe and peace,” read the plaque.
German Chancellor angela merkel and french President emmanuel macron lay a floral wreath as they take part in a ceremony in Compiegne, northern france, on Saturday. —