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Macron leads the ceremony marking the end of the Second World War in Europe


PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron led the traditional ceremony on Paris’ Champs-Elysees on Monday commemorating the day that marked the end of World War II in Europe in 1945.

Flanked by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, Macron laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe monument. A marching band was playing the Marseillaise.

To limit disruption amid continued opposition to Macron and his disputed pension reforms, police have banned gatherings around the ceremony area in the French capital and in Lyon where the president will visit later in the day. daytime.

Authorities are ensuring that a “casserolade” or the thud of pots and pans in protest does not distract from the commemorative ceremonies.

In Lyon, Macron pays homage to the French Resistance movement and one of its leaders, Jean Moulin. Macron visits Montluc prison, where Moulin was detained and tortured by the Gestapo.

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