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French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron has been crit­i­cised for choos­ing to re­main on hol­i­day, rather than at­tend an im­por­tant cer­e­mony to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the bat­tle of Amiens.

M. Macron re­fused to take a break from his hol­i­day in the south of France and the coun­try’s Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe also stayed away from the ser­vice at­tended by Prince William and Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

Po­lit­i­cal opponents were furious, with MP Jac­ques Myard tweet­ing that the no-shows were a sign of ‘his­tor­i­cal ig­no­rance’ and se­na­tor Alain Houpert say­ing it showed of ‘a lack of grat­i­tude’ to­wards those who gave their life for France.

Aus­tralia, Ger­many, Canada and Ire­land were among the na­tions to send high rank­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The vic­tory of Al­lied Forces against Ger­many at Amiens on Au­gust 8, 1918, helped bring an end to World War l but it was a costly bat­tle with thou­sands of sol­diers on both sides be­ing killed.

ABOVE: Pres­i­dent Macron was crit­i­cised for not at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony in Amiens

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