Merkel, Macron hold ceremonial meeting before 100th anniversary of World War I end
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
On Saturday, the day before, German Chancellor and French President held a ceremonial meeting at in northern . There, 100 years prior, an was signed, ending fighting between the Allies and Germany in . This was the first time a German leader had visited the site since 1940.
The forest near Compiegne is also where France signed its surrender to Germany during the.
The two leaders commemorated the occasion with a plaque at the site to celebrate reconciliation between Germany and France. Merkel and Macon then signed a vistors' book in a railway carriage modeled after the original used in 1940. In contrast to German and French officials gathered in 1918 and 1940, the two leaders sat side by side.
Macron left for Paris later that day to host a dinner for several foreign leaders before commemorations on Sunday. The French president was to lead a ceremony on Sunday in Paris at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The French presidential palace — the— called the Merkel–Macron meeting "highly symbolic".
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