France and Canada commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Vimy, in which about 3500 Canadian soldiers died in northern France fighting against the German Sixth Army. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. French President Francois Hollande and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led the opening ceremony for the World War One centenary commemorations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in northern France, on Sunday (April 9), paying tribute to the thousands of Canadian soldiers killed. On the Easter Monday of 1917, more than 3,500 Canadian soldiers, many of them not even 20 years old, lost their lives in a hard-fought battle as part of the former British Empire against the German forces in which they successfully captured the ridge. After a giant poppy made up of messages of love and thanks was unveiled on the Place des Heros, in the French town of Arras, Hollande and Trudeau proceeded to write their own messages and put them among the others. Hollande and Trudeau held a minute's silence at a signing ceremony before holding a working lunch together. The two leaders will later travel to Vimy along with Britain's Princes Charles, William and Harry for a ceremony which 25,000 people are set to attend.