Archive for Thursday, November 12, 2009

Merkel helps French mark end of WWI

November 12, 2009

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— For the first time since World War I, the leaders of Germany and France held a joint ceremony on Wednesday to commemorate the end of the conflict, saying it is now time to celebrate their countries’ reconciliation and friendship.

“French-German friendship is sealed with blood,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy said under the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his side.

Together they laid a wreath of flowers at the tomb and symbolically relit the perpetual flame above it to mark the 91st anniversary of the end of World War I.

“This small flame is also ... the flame of hope,” Sarkozy said.

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