Europe's salvation 'came from the south' says Hollande at southern D-Day anniversary

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French president also praised role of African troops whose sacrifice 'bound our country to Africa with a bond of blood that no one can undo'.

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President Francois Hollande and 15 African leaders paid tribute Friday to the hundreds of thousands of troops who, 70 years ago, launched the southern invasion of occupied France that opened up a second western front against Hitler's Nazis, reports The West Australian.