180,000 PEOPLE VISIT RIA NOVOSTI PHOTO EXPOSITION IN PARIS

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PARIS, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - About 180,000 Parisians and tourists attended the Common Victory exposition organized by the Russian Information Agency Novosti and dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the landing of the allied forces in Normandy.

The exposition was running for three weeks in the museum of the Arch of Triumph on Place Charles de Gaulle, one of most popular sites in Paris.

According to museum officials, unique photos taken by Alexander Ustinov, Aleksei Mezhuyev and other war correspondents were of special interest. These photos reflect the history of World War II, hard battles on the Soviet-German front, conference of the Soviet, US, and British leaders, and the joy of the allied meeting on the River Elbe in Germany in April 1945.

Some of these photographs have never been exhibited before. Moreover, the exposition featured placards, leaflets and archive documents of the wartime.

Images of the legendary Normandie-Niemen squadron who shot 273 Nazi planes represented France. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with Russian pilots, Frenchmen made an important contribution into the common victory.

Moscow sculptor Vladimir Surovtsev presented his models of the monument to Normandie-Niemen pilots, which will be set up in Moscow on the 60th anniversary of the victory over nazism in 2005.

Over 5,000 Russian heroes of the Resistance movement lost their lives in France.

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