French president leads 'southern D-Day' tributes, 70 years on


A total of 28 nations took part in Operation Dragoon on the beaches near Marseille on August 15, 1944, with a total force of 450,000 men.

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President Francois Hollande leads ceremonies on Friday to mark 70 years since the Allied invasion of southern France which, two months after D-Day, pushed the exhausted Nazi army back towards Germany and hastened the end of World War II in Europe, reports Yahoo! News.