Keyword: World War One

France commemorates centenary of Battle of Verdun

About 30 million shells were fired in the WW1 battle in NE France which, over 300 days, left an estimated 800,000 soldiers dead, wounded or missing.

Postcards from the WW1 frontline: 'I have lost courage and I will go to bed in tears'

The extraordinary acquittal of he who murdered Jean Jaurès


Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of France's revered socialist leader Jean Jaurès, an icon and figure of reference for the French Left. Among the various works published in tribute to Jaurès on the centenary of his death, a book published last month focuses upon the largely ignored and extraordinary outcome of the trial of his killer, acquitted by a jury despite assuming full responsibility for his act, which he carried out alone and in front of numerous witnesses. The story of the trial, held shortly after the end of World War One, is also that of the political and social atmosphere prevalent in France after the 1918 armistice, when Jaurès' pre-war, outspoken pacifist stand had become regarded by some with hateful contempt. Michel Deléan reports.

France pressured to remember WW1 soldiers executed for 'cowardice'

Next year's first world war centenary, to be launched by François Hollande, may include memorial for the 600 young men shot by firing squad.