>> Once bitter enemies, now France and Germany join together in solemn remembrance. The leaders of both countries paying their respects to the fallen soldiers of one of the longest battles of World War I in a rain soaked cemetery in Northeastern France French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, marking the 100th Anniversary of Verdun.
There, in 1916, German and French soldiers faced each other in a battle lasting ten long months. Around 300,000 service men perished. France may have won the battle, but now Verdun holds a very different significance. The battle's commemorations have come to symbolize the close relationship between Germany and France.
And, Verdun, once a battlefield, is now seen as a place of unity.>>
> It wasn't until 1984 that France and Germany first held a joint ceremony to mark Verdun. A major step towards reconciliation, bringing the two countries together after decades of hostility and two devastating world wars.>>
Long live the spirit of Verdun.>>