Merkel Joins Hollande to Defend EU at World War I Commemoration

Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel embrace after Merkel spoke during ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Verdun at the Douaumont cemetery on May 29, 2016 near Verdun, France.

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The leaders of France and Germany criticized opponents of the European Union during an event marking the 100th anniversary of a World War I battle that left 700,000 of their nations’ soldiers dead or maimed.

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