- Title: Macron visits cemetery in northern France honouring World War One dead
- Date: 8th November 2018
- Summary: ABLAIN-SAINT-NAZAIRE, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 8, 2018) (REUTERS) CEMETERY
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2018 17:37
- Keywords: World War One war memorial armistice soldiers Notre-Dame-de-Lorette necropolis
- Location: ABLAIN-SAINT-NAZAIRE, FRANCE
- City: ABLAIN-SAINT-NAZAIRE, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00B95NCK7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: French President Emmanuel Macron visited the war cemetery of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in northern France on Thursday (November 8), as he continued a tour commemorating the World War 1 armistice.
Around 20,000 war dead are buried at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, a land scarred by war, while the bones of 22,000 unidentified dead are housed in an ossuary.
Macron offered a wreath at the foot of a light tower, and lit a flame to honour the war dead.
The names of 580,000 soldiers who died in World War One are engraved on a memorial ring, designed by architect Philippe Prost, composed of 500 metal plaques forming a 345-metre circle.
The Notre-Dame-de-Lorette memorial is one of the biggest military cemeteries in France and one of the four national monuments dedicated to remembering World War 1.
The light tower also gathers the remains of unknown soldiers from the Second World War and the wars in Indochina and Algeria.
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