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Latest update : 2008-08-25

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has attended a ceremony in the town of Maille, honouring the victims of a 1944 massacre by retreating Nazi German troops.

Long forgotten, the small town of Maillé in central France welcomed a French president for the first time ever on Monday.  The town was the scene of one of the worst Nazi massacres on a civilian population in France during World War II.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy attended a ceremony commemorating the victims, and spoke to a crowd gathered for the solemn occasion.

On August 25, 1944, while Paris celebrated its liberation, 60 to 80 German soldiers killed 124 of the 500 residents of Maillé, including 42 women and 44 children, before bombing the town.

To date the perpetrators of the crimes have not been identified, finding anonymity in the confusion of the German army’s retreat.

Date created : 2008-08-25

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