Hollande says Putin welcome to attend D-Day ceremonies

French President Francois Hollande (above) said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was welcome to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June, despite the standoff over Ukraine. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
French President Francois Hollande (above) said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was welcome to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June, despite the standoff over Ukraine. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was welcome to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June, despite the standoff over Ukraine.

"We may have differences with Vladimir Putin but I have not forgotten and will never forget that the Russian people gave millions of lives" during World War II, he told France 2 television.