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Germany, France celebrate reconciliation jubilee
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22 September 2012
BERLIN (AP) - The leaders of France and Germany are meeting to celebrate an anniversary of their countries' reconciliation following the end of World War II.
French President Francois Hollande traveled to the southwestern German city of Ludwigsburg on Saturday to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel to commemorate the speech France's then-leader Charles de Gaulle gave there 50 years ago.
De Gaulle's speech to German youth in Ludwigsburg was hailed as a major step toward building a German-French friendship, after they fought each other in both world wars, and were often referred to as arch-enemies.
De Gaulle and his German counterpart Konrad Adenauer started reconciliation efforts in the aftermath of World War II.
The rapprochement the two countries evolved to become a motor of Europe's unification.
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