Macron backs down in face of anger over WWI tribute to Pétain

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A tribute, as part of ceremonies in honour of French WWI Marshalls, to General Philippe Pétain, who commanded French forces at the 1916 Battle of Verdun before leading France's collaborationist regime during German occupation of the country in WWII, will now not be held after President Emmanuel Macron came under fierce criticism for his comments that it was 'legitimate' to honour 'a great soldier' despite his later shame.

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The French government has backed down over apparent plans to pay tribute to Marshal Philippe Pétain, who collaborated with the Nazis in the deportation of Jews from France during World War II, as part of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, reports CNN.