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    French President Francois Hollande (R) pays his respect at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe during a ceremony marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II on May 8, 2016 in Paris

    French President Takes Part in Paris V-Day Celebrations

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    French President Francois Hollande is taking part in the Victory Day celebrations in Paris, honoring the victory over Nazism in World War II, local media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – French President Francois Hollande is taking part in the Victory Day celebrations at the Arc de Triomphe, one of the world's best-known commemorative monuments in Paris, marking the end of World War II in Europe, local media reported Sunday.

    Later in the day, Hollande is also expected to lay a wreath at the monument of General Charles de Gaulle.

    ​After the official ceremonies on the 71st anniversary of victory over fascism, the famous boulevard leading to the Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue des Champs-Elysees will become pedestrian-only zone for the first Sunday in the month, according to Le Monde.

    The initiative was put forward by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo in early January.

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