Verdun battle centenary: Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel to make impassioned plea for\u2026 https://t.co/Kk8TTRQDLJpic.twitter.com/vGXlvU3uVU

— Telegraph News (TelegraphNews) May 29, 2016 Douaumont Ossuary The main commemorative ceremony was held at the Douaumont Ossuary, where 130,000 of those who died are buried. 4,000 French and German schoolchildren took part in a performance choreographed by German filmmaker Volker Schloendorff and meant to symbolise the battle. Course sur les tombes, apologie de l'Euro et des migrants #Verdun2016 est le summum de l'ind\u00e9cence et de l'irrespect pic.twitter.com/QY4wJ7wLU1\u2014 SOS\u042faciste \u0646 (SOSRaciste) May 29, 2016

#Verdun2016 La grande c\u00e9r\u00e9monie \u00e0 l'ossuaire de Douaumont : 3400 adolescents allemands et fran\u00e7ais c\u00e9l\u00e8brent la paix https://t.co/w8zVQ6D6no

— francetv info (francetvinfo) May 29, 2016 Church bells were then rung throughout the Verdun area. Merkel and Hollande both signed the commemorative book before giving impassioned speeches stressing the importance of European unity. Angela Merkel evoked the migrant crisis: \u201cThinking and acting purely on a nation-state basis will set us back. This goes for conquering the economic crisis in Europe, for dealing with the many people who seek refuge here and for all the great challenges of our times.\u201d The German Chancellor\u2019s words were echoed by the French President, Francois Hollande. \u201cThe forces of division, of obstruction, of withdrawal are once more among us, they are spreading fear and hatred through weakness, delays, mistakes, all of these things that are faults, without a doubt. Europe is seen as the root of all evil when in fact evil is what led to it being created.\u201d Did Merkel and Hollande talk politics? Yes. The two leaders had lunch together and made joint statements later in the day. Hollande said earlier this week that talks would focus on the future of Europe, including the migrant crisis, security and the rise of populist movements. Commemorations of Verdun has come to signify the close relationship between Germany and France. Verdun: France's sacred symbol of healing https://t.co/OQFZLoH4qw\u2014 BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 28, 2016 A photo of leaders Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl holding hands at Douaumont cemetery at the first joint commemoration in 1984 has become a potent symbol of Franco-German reconciliation. Verdun: 21 February \u2013 15 December, 2016 Comment on Verdun commemoration: Ins Douaumont Ossuary https://t.co/TBoHfOf9f1 pic.twitter.com/n4xAfc8KPj\u2014 News-round.com (@newsroundcom) May 29, 2016 The longest battle of the First World War \u2013 300 days (10 months) of fighting 300,000 soldiers killed France emerged the victor, reclaiming almost all the territory it had lost 60 million shells fired during the battle. 25% failed to explode and remain unrecovered. 100 years on, the battlefield of #Verdun displays scars of the relentless bombardment pic.twitter.com/s6XkVWfga2\u2014 HISTORY HIT (@HISTORY_HIT) May 29, 2016", "dateCreated": "2016-05-29 16:46:21", "dateModified": "2016-05-29 16:46:21 +02:00", "datePublished": "2016-05-29 16:46:21 +02:00", "image": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/334069/1440x810_334069.jpg", "width": "1440px", "height": "810px", "caption": "The French and German leaders meet for the centenary of the Battle of Verdun - 300 days and 300,000 lives lost.", "thumbnail": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/334069/385x202_334069.jpg", "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "euronews", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png" } }, "author": { "@type": "Person", "name": "Catherine Hardy", "url": "hardy", "sameAs": "https://twitter.com/fernojay" }, "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Euronews", "legalName": "Euronews", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png", "width": "403px", "height": "60px" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] }, "video": { "@type": "VideoObject", "contentUrl": "https://video.euronews.com/mp4/med/EN/NW/SU/en/160529_NWSU_180A0-193308_E.mp4", "description": "The French and German leaders meet for the centenary of the Battle of Verdun - 300 days and 300,000 lives lost.", "duration": "PT2M11S", "embedUrl": "https://www.euronews.com/embed/334069", "height": "202px", "name": "The fight for Europe's soul is continuing, say Merkel and Hollande on Verdun anniversary", "thumbnailUrl": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/334069/385x202_334069.jpg", "uploadDate": "2016-05-29 16:46:21", "videoQuality": "md", "width": "385px", "inLanguage": { "name": "en-GB", "alternateName": "en", "description": "https://www.euronews.com", "identifier": "en", "url": "https://www.euronews.com", "inLanguage": "en-GB" }, "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Euronews", "legalName": "Euronews", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png", "width": "403px", "height": "60px" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] } }, "isAccessibleForFree": "False", "hasPart": { "@type": "WebPageElement", "isAccessibleForFree": "False", "cssSelector": ".poool-content" }, "speakable": { "@type": "SpeakableSpecification", "xPath": [ "/html/head/title", "/html/head/meta[@name='description']/@content" ], "url": "https://www.euronews.com/2016/05/29/the-fight-for-europe-s-soul-is-continuing-say-merkel-and-hollande" } }, { "@type": "WebSite", "name": "Euronews.com", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "potentialAction": { "@type": "SearchAction", "target": "https://www.euronews.com/search?query={search_term_string}", "query-input": "required name=search_term_string" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] } ] }
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The fight for Europe's soul is continuing, say Merkel and Hollande on Verdun anniversary

The fight for Europe's soul is continuing, say Merkel and Hollande on Verdun anniversary
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The French and German leaders meet for the centenary of the Battle of Verdun - 300 days and 300,000 lives lost.

  • Merkel and Hollande mark centenary
  • 300 days, 300,000 dead
  • France emerged the victor
  • Joint commemorations seen as symbol of good relations between the two countries
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The Chancellor of Germany and President of France have held a joint and poignant ceremony to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun.

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande began the day by laying a wreath at the German military cemetery of Consenvoye in north-eastern France in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle.

Merkel, Hollande together mark 100 years since Verdun battle https://t.co/EotsavBHb0pic.twitter.com/3myXTTBF6k

— Reuters World (ReutersWorld) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersWorld/status/736884777811316737">May 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Verdun battle centenary: Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel to make impassioned plea for… <a href="https://t.co/Kk8TTRQDLJ">https://t.co/Kk8TTRQDLJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/vGXlvU3uVU">pic.twitter.com/vGXlvU3uVU</a></p>&mdash; Telegraph News (TelegraphNews) May 29, 2016

Douaumont Ossuary

The main commemorative ceremony was held at the Douaumont Ossuary, where 130,000 of those who died are buried.

4,000 French and German schoolchildren took part in a performance choreographed by German filmmaker Volker Schloendorff and meant to symbolise the battle.

Course sur les tombes, apologie de l'Euro et des migrants #Verdun2016 est le summum de l'indécence et de l'irrespect pic.twitter.com/QY4wJ7wLU1

— SOSЯaciste ن (SOSRaciste) <a href="https://twitter.com/SOSRaciste/status/736935888417128448">May 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Verdun2016?src=hash">#Verdun2016</a> La grande cérémonie à l&#39;ossuaire de Douaumont : 3400 adolescents allemands et français célèbrent la paix <a href="https://t.co/w8zVQ6D6no">https://t.co/w8zVQ6D6no</a></p>&mdash; francetv info (francetvinfo) May 29, 2016

Church bells were then rung throughout the Verdun area.

Merkel and Hollande both signed the commemorative book before giving impassioned speeches stressing the importance of European unity.

Angela Merkel evoked the migrant crisis:

“Thinking and acting purely on a nation-state basis will set us back. This goes for conquering the economic crisis in Europe, for dealing with the many people who seek refuge here and for all the great challenges of our times.”

The German Chancellor’s words were echoed by the French President, Francois Hollande.

“The forces of division, of obstruction, of withdrawal are once more among us, they are spreading fear and hatred through weakness, delays, mistakes, all of these things that are faults, without a doubt. Europe is seen as the root of all evil when in fact evil is what led to it being created.”

Did Merkel and Hollande talk politics?

Yes.

The two leaders had lunch together and made joint statements later in the day.

Hollande said earlier this week that talks would focus on the future of Europe, including the migrant crisis, security and the rise of populist movements.

Commemorations of Verdun has come to signify the close relationship between Germany and France.

Verdun: France's sacred symbol of healing https://t.co/OQFZLoH4qw

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 28, 2016

A photo of leaders Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl holding hands at Douaumont cemetery at the first joint commemoration in 1984 has become a potent symbol of Franco-German reconciliation.

Verdun: 21 February – 15 December, 2016

Comment on Verdun commemoration: Ins Douaumont Ossuary https://t.co/TBoHfOf9f1pic.twitter.com/n4xAfc8KPj

— News-round.com (@newsroundcom) May 29, 2016

  • The longest battle of the First World War – 300 days (10 months) of fighting
  • 300,000 soldiers killed
  • France emerged the victor, reclaiming almost all the territory it had lost
  • 60 million shells fired during the battle. 25% failed to explode and remain unrecovered. > 100 years on, the battlefield of #Verdun displays scars of the relentless bombardment pic.twitter.com/s6XkVWfga2

    — HISTORY HIT (@HISTORY_HIT) May 29, 2016

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