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11 November adopted as remembrance day for all war dead

Matthew Warren · 21 Feb 2012, 09:03

Published: 21 Feb 2012 09:03 GMT+01:00

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The French parliament approved a move on Monday for November 11th to become a day to remember all French war dead and not only those who died during the First World War.

The change was voted by all parties, except the left-wing Front de Gauche. 

The new law will require local authorities to write the names of those who died in other wars on existing memorials.

The change was made after President Sarkozy called for a national day of mourning for all who have died fighting for France.

However, the rules will keep in place other days which commemorate French wars, such as the 8th May holiday celebrating the victory of the Allies in 1945.

It was this change that persuaded the opposition Socialist party to vote with the government on the change.

The far-left Front de Gauche maintained its opposition, arguing that the current practice of different days to commemorate different wars was important. 

"Amalgamating all the memorials would stop us from taking the lessons from each war," said Communist MP André Chassaigne, reported newspaper Libération.


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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