Paris marks 60th anniversary of its liberation

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25 August 2004 , PARIS - Celebrations marked Wednesday the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Paris after four years of German occupation during World War II. The commemoration began with the laying of a wreath at the tomb of Marshal Philippe Leclerc, whose troops were the first Allied soldiers to enter Paris in 1944. This was followed by an homage at the Eiffel Tower to the fire fighters who on 25 August 1944, raised the French flag on the monument that symbolizes the French capital. Later Wednesday,

25 August 2004

PARIS - Celebrations marked Wednesday the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Paris after four years of German occupation during World War II.

The commemoration began with the laying of a wreath at the tomb of Marshal Philippe Leclerc, whose troops were the first Allied soldiers to enter Paris in 1944.

This was followed by an homage at the Eiffel Tower to the fire fighters who on 25 August  1944, raised the French flag on the monument that symbolizes the French capital.

Later Wednesday, two columns of civilian and military vehicles, one French and the other American, travelled through Paris and meet at the historically symbolic Place Bastille, where a large street party will be celebrated with thousands of Parisians in period dress.

An official ceremony, which will include a military parade and an address by French President Jacques Chirac, is scheduled to take place at the Paris City Hall in early evening.

The commemoration will continue Thursday with a Mass in the Notre Dame Cathedral attended by Chirac, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and the archbishops of Washington, D.C., Berlin and London.

Late Thursday, the movie "Is Paris Burning?", a fictional account of the liberation of the French capital, will be shown at the Paris City Hall.

DPA

Subject: German news

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