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Hollande, Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun battle

Reenactors dressed as French and German soldiers gather at the German WWI cemetery of Troyon, eastern France, as part of the 100-year commemoration of the Battle of VerdunFrench President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Sunday stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I. To mark the centenary, Hollande and Merkel will lay wreaths at cemeteries holding the dead of both sides in the northeast French town. Both leaders are expected to use the day of remembrance to stress the need for unity at a time when the European Union is under pressure from the migrant crisis and a possible Brexit.

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