In Pictures: France and Germany remember Battle of Verdun 100 years on

French President Fran├žois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, celebrating their countries' reconciliation since the end of the world wars. France 24 takes a look at some of the striking pictures from this day of commemoration.

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French President Francois Hollande holds an umbrella as he walks beside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a German military cemetery in Consenvoye, in northeastern France.

Hollande and Merkel lay a wreath at the German cemetery in Consenvoye with the help of French and German children.

The French president and his German counterpart attend a balloon release with children, as part of the ceremonies marking 100 years since the bloody offensive that claimed more than 300,000 lives.

A re-enactor pays his respects at the German WWI cemetery of Troyon, near Verdun.

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French and German youths take part in a performance piece outside the Douaumont Ossuary as part of the Verdun centenary ceremony.

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Hollande and Merkel pay their respects to WWI dead in front of the Eternal Flame in the Douaumont Ossuary, at the end of the Verdun centenary ceremony on May 29, 2016.