Paris hopes D-Day will ease US-French strains

3rd June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 3 (AFP) - The 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings will give Paris and Washington an opportunity to "turn the page" on their differences over Iraq, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Thursday.

PARIS, June 3 (AFP) - The 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings will give Paris and Washington an opportunity to "turn the page" on their differences over Iraq, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Thursday.

The weekend ceremonies in Normandy will be the moment for France "to tell soldiers from Britain, America and other countries that we are grateful to them," she told French news channel LCI.

"It's an opportunity to strengthen ties with these countries, especially with the Americans because we've had a few differences.

"This will be the opportunity to definitively turn the page, not only among the politicians but also in the court of public opinion," Alliot-Marie said, alluding to the diplomatic row between Paris and Washington over Iraq.

Paris staunchly opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq last year to topple Saddam Hussein.

French President Jacques Chirac and US President George W. Bush will meet in Paris on Saturday, their first face-to-face meeting since September.

They will then travel to Normandy for Sunday's commemorations of the D-Day landings in northwest France, including a Franco-American ceremony at the US war cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.

© AFP

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