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Hollande & Merkel mark WWI battle centenary

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have visited Verdun to remember the soldiers who were killed during a battle in WWI. The two leaders marked the centenary by laying wreaths at cemeteries holding the dead from both sides. The 1916 offensive lasted 300 days and claimed more than 300,000 lives. Hollande and Merkel were expected to use the day of remembrance to stress the need for unity at a time when the European Union is under pressure from a possible British exit.

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