Paris relives the joy of liberation, 70 years on

French flags next to the Eiffel tower in Paris, on August 19, 2014Paris (AFP) – “Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself. It was August 25, 1944, and after six days of skirmishes between French Resistance fighters and a demoralised Nazi occupying force, French and American armoured units burst into Paris to assure its liberation — an event marked all this week in the city. Francois Hollande was expected to lead 70th anniversary tributes on August 25 to the few surviving veterans of the liberation, in the knowledge that many of them, now in their 90s, will not live to see the 80th anniversary. Men like Fred Moore, now 94, who told AFP of that historic day in 1944 when he lost a friend but gained a wife.

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