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France and Germany mark Verdun battle centenary

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French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are marking the 100th anniversary of the battle of Verdun.

The two leaders began the ceremonies under heavy rain at a German military cemetery.

The 10-month battle, the longest and one of the most bloody of World War One, is now seen as a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation.

Hundreds of thousands of French and German soldiers died in the fighting.

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