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Armistice: in memory of colonial troops

The Beninese artist Angélique Kidjo sang in memory of the colonial troops, during a grand Armistice commemoration ceremony  in Paris a few days after the homage paid by Emmanuel Macron and the Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in Reims to the 200,000 soldiers of the “black force” engaged in the First World War.

Taking place in rain at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, the moving ceremony was opened by “Sarabande” of Bach interpreted by the American cellist Yo-Yo Ma and concluded by the Ravel bolero played by the youth orchestra of the European Union.

In front of a crowd of leaders gathered under a tent, high school students read, in different languages, testimonies of the fighters of the “Great War” which mobilized 70 million soldiers, made 10 million dead and 20 million wounded among the combatants.

On  November, 7 President Macron honoured the fromer  colonial troops who fought alongside the French with Mali‘s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in Reims, a city defended by the African soldiers.