The French president François Hollande launched the commemorations for the centenary of the First World War yesterday at Palais Elysées.
German President Joachim Gauck and the Allies were there during the celebration and the memorial. Many celebrations are planned for the upcoming year such as the annual Bastille Day military parade in July.
Mr Hollande also revealed that Joachim Gauck, will come to France for another ceremony on August 3 next year – exactly a century after the two countries declared war to each other.
All 72 countries called belligerents of the Great War will be invited to take part in the parade on the Champs-Elysées.
François Hollande took advantage of this historic occasion to mobilise the French population against the economic crisis in his speech.
He also promised to create a space commemorating the soldiers who were killed for cowardice and desertion in war. The monument is due to be built in Paris at Les Invalides.
About 1,500 World War centenary projects are planned all over the world for the next year.
Hélène Garçon, IEJ 3G1