STRASBOURG, France – For the first time since World War II, German combat troops are being stationed in France.
It's part of a conscientious effort to show the two EU powers have forever buried former hatreds.
A German battalion in a joint military brigade officially takes up arms later Friday at a ceremony in eastern France to be attended by the two countries' defense ministers.
French Defense Minister Alain Juppe told Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the presence of German soldiers in France is "highly symbolic" — and that "the wisdom of the leaders and peoples ended centuries of conflict."
The French-German Brigade was created in 1989. But until this year German combat troops had not been stationed in France, only French ones in Germany — a legacy of the allies' postwar occupation there.
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