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Posted: 1/1/2004 1:46:44 PM EDT
BBC NEWS
Published: 2004/01/01

Germany invited to D-Day events
By Caroline Wyatt

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/europe/3361763.stm

France has invited Gerhard Schroeder to ceremonies to mark the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings - the first time a German leader has been invited.
The move marks the growing ties between French President Jacques Chirac and the German chancellor.

Allied forces disembarked on the Normandy coast in the first step towards liberating France from German occupation during World War II.

Mr Schroeder has said he will participate in the ceremonies.

The move shows how close a relationship has developed between the two countries since they put aside their wartime enmity.
Just 10 years ago it was deemed too soon to invite a German chancellor to the 50th anniversary, with the late French President, Francois Mitterrand, taking his German counterpart, Helmut Kohl, to a Franco-German youth festival instead.

This year, several other leaders are also expected to attend the D-Day ceremonies, among them the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

It is not clear how veterans' associations will react to the news that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will be joining them for the event.

But for the French this marks yet another step on the road towards ever closer union with Germany.

The two nations remain the driving force within the European Union, with France keen to forge ahead with greater integration with Germany even if other countries wish to proceed at a slower pace.

Last year, President Chirac symbolically represented Mr Schroeder on behalf of Germany at a meeting of EU member states.

The bond between the two nations was only strengthened by their joint opposition to the war on Iraq.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 2:00:12 PM EDT
He's going to refuse to leave, and France will beg us to kick him out. Just like the first time.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 2:07:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mace:
He's going to refuse to leave, and France will beg us to kick him out. Just like the first time.
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[rofl2]
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 8:20:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mace:
He's going to refuse to leave, and France will [blue]surrender. Then[/blue] beg us to kick him out. Just like the first [blue]two[/blue] time[blue]s[/blue].
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Link Posted: 1/1/2004 8:29:57 PM EDT
[b]Germany invited to D-Day events[/b]

Well, they were there when the original event happened and despite recent disagreements, the present German government is not Nazi.






[devil]
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 9:36:36 PM EDT
Someone has to bring Beer and pretzels for the Vets!!!
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 10:01:29 PM EDT
France shouldnt be aloud to participate , hell they werent even involved
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 11:07:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By rogerdodger:
France shouldnt be aloud to participate , hell they werent even involved
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Truer words I have yet to hear.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 11:13:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By rogerdodger:
France shouldnt be aloud to participate , hell they werent even involved
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[lol]


They'd probably rather have the Germans there anyway, instead of us or the Brits.

What a slap in the face to the vets. Will they have the SS vets come to ceremonies at Oradour? What's next, the same at Lidice, Auschwitz and Treblinka?

Good God.
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 11:40:31 PM EDT
Is Bush invited?
Link Posted: 1/1/2004 11:52:14 PM EDT
It is good to see this--it may mean an end to the animosity.
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 2:06:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2004 2:08:11 AM EDT by TwoStage]
As the men advance from the sea onto the beach, Schroeder elbows Chirac and whispers if they didn't get involved you would be speaking German now.
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 8:30:58 AM EDT
[LOLabove]hahahaha
Link Posted: 1/2/2004 8:38:36 AM EDT
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