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Bush keeps France hanging for D-Day

PARIS, Feb 11 (AFP) – US President George W. Bush has still not indicated whether he will join the leaders of 10 other nations in France later this year in a solemn ceremony marking the D-Day landings by Allied forces, the French minister for veteran’s affairs said Wednesday.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair have already said they would be by French President Jacques Chirac’s side for the June event, as have the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the junior defence minister, Hamlaoui Mekachera, said.

Commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the decisive Allied offensive against the Germans in World War II are to take place in Normandy on June 5, 6 and 7 and in the south of France on August 15 with a final event celebrating the liberation of Paris to be held in the capital on August 25, Mekachera told a media conference.


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