Centenary of the 1918 armistice: Macron and Merkel celebrate Franco-German reconciliation

One hundred years after the end of the First World War, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel celebrated the Franco-German reconciliation on Saturday 10 November. In the Rethondes clearing (Compiègne, Oise), the German president and the German chancellor inaugurated a commemorative plaque that reaffirms "the value of Franco-German reconciliation in the service of Europe and peace".

After a tender hug, the two leaders placed a common garland before signing the Book of Gold in a replica of the wagon where the armistice of 11 November 1918 and that of 22 June 1940 were signed. " What we need "to" those who died of millions of barbarism "is" to continue tirelessly to build peace, "said Emmanuel Macron during an exchange with teenagers.

Ceremony of November 11th. "Our Europe for 73 years is at peace, and it is unprecedented (…) in the first place because Germany and France wanted it," said the head of state. More than three million French and German soldiers were killed during the First World War in battles that took place mostly in the trenches of northern France and Belgium.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will meet again on Sunday for the traditional November 11 ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in the presence of sixty heads of state and government, including Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. The German chancellor will open the first edition of the "Forum for Peace" in the afternoon, in which Donald Trump will not participate.

The final part of the commemoration will take place on Sunday 18 November in Berlin, where Emmanuel Macron will give a speech "centered on the Franco-German couple" in the Bundestag before expressing a point with Angela Merkel on the agreement concluded in June in Meseberg to strengthen the European integration.

(With Reuters)

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