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Armistice: The signature that ended World War I

By: Tom Burges WATSON Follow | Jeanne LAVENANT | Sonia BARITELLO | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Joanna COCKERELL
1 min

One century ago, on November 11, 1918, the armistice that ended World War I was signed in the French forest of Compiègne. The conflict had lasted for more than four years, during which an estimated nine million soldiers and seven million civilians lost their lives. France in Focus travelled to the very place where the agreement between the two delegations was signed in a railway carriage. We take a closer look at the events that led to Germany's defeat against France, Britain and their allies.


For a closer look at what the armistice meant from the soldiers' perspective, we visit the old quarry of Tracy-le-Mont, where some of the regiments of the French army were based.

Finally, as Remembrance Day events are held around the globe, marking the end of the war, we tell you how this day is perceived differently in France and in Germany.

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