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Should France have invited Germany to taken part in the sixtieth D-Day commemoration in 2004

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Should France have invited Germany to take part in the sixtieth D-Day commemoration in 2004? In 2004, France invited Germany for the first time to take part in the D-Day commemoration in Normandy. "This gesture is the right step for the future" is the response of over 65% of the French public to the invitation from the French President, Jacques Chirac. In the past it was just the Allies involved. France didn't ask Germany previously because France thought that ten years ago it was still controversial, and previous to that it was an inconceivable notion. One the one hand, this invitation strengthens the Franco-German alliance, sparking a friendship that is leading to a better France, demonstrated in plans for French infrastructure reform. ...read more.


An Elysee spokesperson said the focus should be on joint-remembrance because France's peace and prosperity is owed to the generation that fought. This would make honouring the dead admirable as it shows that France realises that both sides had losses. Additionally, France only invited Germany because they had taken liability for the war, which had helped France to learn from past and present international mistakes. As a result President Chirac said that "the French receive you as a brother", which acknowledged German responsibility. But, President Chirac said privately; "France knows who caused the war and take it seriously." In contrast, many French believe the Germans killed all of those buried in Normandy, resulting from acts such as the Oradour-sur-Glane massacres. ...read more.


But, when France should be remembering those that liberated their country, Chirac invites Schr´┐Żder to show how "close" they are. This reason is impertinent. Personally, I believe that France should have invited Germany. History is to be learnt from, not obsessed with. For example, if the French veterans, who extended this invitation, can forgive and take on a "give-peace-a-chance" mentality, why can't the rest of us, that didn't experience the events, do the same? Younger generations cannot be held responsible for the actions of their ancestors. We need to remember that D-Day is about remembering those that fought and died, especially for France, as it was their beaches that were stained with innocent blood for French liberation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel Devane ...read more.

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