How France and Germany now view the Franco-Prussian War, 150 years on


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The war veterans portfolio is not the most coveted job in any French government. Spending one's days commemorating the past and the dead is certainly not the dream of most politicians. It was Geneviève Darrieussecq who took on this thankless junior ministerial role under President Emmanuel Macron in 2017. But she cannot have anticipated that the position would also involve commemorating the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1871 which ended 150 years ago this January.