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Elizabeth II, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day

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Barack Obama (L), Elizabeth II (C), Vladimir Putin (R) and other heads of state

At “Sword Beach”, in Ouistreham, Normandy, France, heads of states that took part in World War II in Western Europe gathered to remember June 6, 1944 D-Day landings that definitely changed the curse of the war.

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Flags proudly lined up at this man’s house

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President Giscard d'Estaing with Laurent Fabius
President Giscard d’Estaing with Laurent Fabius
French and German friendship exactly 70 years after D-Day
French and German friendship exactly 70 years after D-Day
Heads of state (chancelor Angela Merkel here, leaving the red carpet) took turns greeting President François Hollande and WWII D-Day veterans
Heads of state (chancelor Angela Merkel here, leaving the red carpet) took turns greeting President François Hollande and WWII D-Day veterans
President Vladimir Putin
President Vladimir Putin

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From left to right on the photos, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, King Philippe of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, U.S. President Barack Obama, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, President of Slovakia Ivan Gašparovič, King Harald V of Norway , Queen Elizabeth II, French President François Hollande, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, and German chancellor Angela Merkel paid respect to soldiers and civilians victims of the war that only few of them have lived.

President Hollande greeting President Obama
President Hollande greeting President Obama
Barack Obama reaching his spot next to Giorgio Napolitano
Barack Obama reaching his spot next to Giorgio Napolitano

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We have also spotted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Prince Charles, entrepreneur Serge Dassault, former French Presidents Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Nicolas Sarkozy, and several former and current French ministers in the assembly.

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François Hollande and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
François Hollande and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
National hero Fred Moore, ex-resistant under WWII, chancellor of L'Ordre de la Libération
National hero Fred Moore, ex-resistant under WWII, chancellor of L’Ordre de la Libération
President Giscard d'Estaing with catholic officials
President Giscard d’Estaing with catholic officials
King Philippe of Belgium (L) and wife Queen Mathilde (R)
King Philippe of Belgium (L) and wife Queen Mathilde (R)

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