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Thursday, 9 May 2013

President attends end of WW2 ceremonies in Paris

  |   President attends end of WW2 ceremonies in Paris President attends end of WW2 ceremonies in Paris

Poland's President Bronisław Komorowski and his French counterpart Francois Hollande attended the ceremonies marking the 68th anniversary of the end of World War Two at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Wednesday. Polish soldiers and veterans were also present.

 

The presidents laid a single wrath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and inspected troops with the French chief of staff and the military governor of Paris. The national anthems of both countries were played.

 

Several dozen Polish soldiers took part in the parade at the Arc de Triomphe, which was observed by some 200 Polish WW2 veterans. French, Polish and European flags were flown.

 

Bronisław Komorowski said that the participation of Polish soldiers in the parade was of both symbolic and political significance.

"This kind of reception of the Polish president in France (...) indicates that France is interested in building special, strategic relations with our country," B. Komorowski told reporters.

 

President Komorowski stressed that apart from strengthening its position in Europe, Poland was determined to become "a factor that promotes the balance within the EU by maintaining a close and equal cooperation with the two most important EU members, i.e. Germany and France."

 

He noted that Poland and France shared the same mindset in relation to security and defence policy. (PAP)

 


 

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