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Chirac and Sarkozy celebrate end of slave trade

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Chirac and Sarkozy celebrate end of slave trade


France’s current and future presidents have made their first public appearance since Sunday’s election. Jacques Chirac and his successor, Nicolas Sarkozy, left the Elysee Palace together for a ceremony marking the abolition of slavery in 1848. Chirac unveiled a plaque at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, commemorating the day the French parliament adopted a law recognising slavery as a crime against humanity. Sarkozy is due to officially take residence at the Elysee Palace after a handover ceremony next Wednesday.

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