Hollande and Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Battle of Verdun

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Two leaders mark the 300-day 1916 offensive in north-east France that claimed more than 300,000 lives in one of the war's bloodiest battles.

Fallen French WWI soldier's bedroom discovered intact after nearly a century

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The man's parents kept his room as it was the day he left for the battlefront and sold their house stipulating it should remain so for 500 years.

Hollande in pan-European commemoration marking start of WWI

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The French president joined in a Great War centenary ceremony that brought together European leaders and royal representatives in Belgium.

Crisis-hit France finds source of pride in La Grande Guerre

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WWI anniversary offers chance to evoke spirit of unity and aides also hope commemorations will help restore President Hollande's public standing.

The Great War time bombs scattered around France

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One (WWI), when numerous commemorations will be held on the former battlefields of north-east France in tribute to the more than nine million combatants who died during the conflict. The war toll was one of the worst in history, due in part to the emergence of a massive weapons industry. At the end of the war in 1918, huge amounts of unused munitions, including highly toxic ordnance, were hurriedly disposed of in France, buried or sunk in natural sites, while former battlefields which contained unexploded and abandoned munitions were simply sealed off. Many of these remain scattered around France today, where the corroding arsenals pose a serious threat to the health and safety of local populations and surrounding environments, as illustrated in this photo-reportage by Olivier Saint Hilaire.

WW I soldier's remains buried in France

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The remains of a Canadian soldier killed during WWI and missing for nearly a century were buried in a military ceremony in northern France.