French, German leaders on historic visit to WWII massacre site
ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE, France (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande and German counterpart Joachim Gauck on Wednesday pay a landmark visit to the ghost village of Oradour-sur-Glane where 642 people were massacred by Nazi troops during World War II.
Mr Gauck will be the first German leader to visit the site in west-central France, where ruins from the war have been preserved as a memorial to the dead.
At a joint press conference on Tuesday ahead of the visit, Mr Hollande praised Mr Gauck's visit as a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation.
"You have made the choice (to visit the site), it honours you, and at the same time it forces us, once the past has been acknowledged, to go boldly into preparing the future," Mr Hollande said.