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    FRENCH VETERANS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR TAKING PART IN WEEKEND CEREMONIES COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VERDUN ATTENDED A MEMORIAL SERVICE TO MARSHAL PETAIN, AT L'ILE D'YEU.

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    FRENCH VETERANS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR TAKING PART IN WEEKEND CEREMONIES COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VERDUN ATTENDED A MEMORIAL SERVICE TO MARSHAL PETAIN, AT L'ILE D'YEU.

    CONSIDERED AS THE VICTOR OF THE BATTLE, WHICH COST THE LIVES OF NEARLY 600,000 FRENCH AND GERMAN SOLDIERS, PETAIN BECAME LEADER OF VICHY FRANCE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, SUBSEQUENTLY FELL INTO DISGRACE AND DIED IN CONFINEMENT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. HE WAS 96.

    THOSE AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE BELONG TO AN ASSOCIATION WHICH SEEKS TO REHABILITATE MARSHAL PETAIN AND RE-ITER HIS ASHES AT VERDUN. AMONG THOSE AT HIS GRAVESIDE WAS THE LAWYER, MAITRE IZORNI, WHO DEFENDED THE MARSHAL AT HIS TRIAL.

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE, WHO LED A NATIONAL TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED AT VERDUN SAID OF MARSHALL PETAIN: "IF IN ANOTHER TIME, IN THE EXTREME WINTER OF HIS LIFE, AND IN THE MIDDLE OF EXTREME EVENTS THE USURY OF AGE LED MARSHAL PETAIN TO A CONDEMNABLE COLLAPSE, THE GLORY HE HAD ACQUIRED AT VERDUN CAN BE NEITHER CONTESTED NOR MISUNDERSTOOD BY THE COUNTRY."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6WDMIDIH5C3UAIZTWNODQLYO
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6WDMIDIH5C3UAIZTWNODQLYO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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