Macron, Merkel mark armistice centenary

Khaleej Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

AFP

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. —

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