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French President Francois Hollande laid a wreath and met with veterans at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Thursday to commemorate Victory in Europe Day. VE Day was the holiday celebrated on May 8, 1945 to mark the end of World War II in Europe. (May 8)

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Paris, France - 8 May 2014

1. Wide of military officers on horseback on the Champs-Elysees

2. Wide of ceremony at Arc de Triomphe

3. Various of French President Francois Hollande arriving at ceremony

4. Various of Hollande laying wreath

5. Veterans saluting

6. Wide of ceremony, French flag fluttering in foreground

7. Fire burning next to wreath

8. French flag fluttering at the Arc de Triomphe

STORYLINE:

French President Francois Hollande attended a ceremony in Paris on Thursday that marked VE (Victory in Europe) Day.

Hollande laid a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe in the French capital and met with war veterans.

VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May, 1945 to mark the end of the Second World War in Europe following the Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

This year's ceremonies, which are taking place in cities across Europe, mark the 69th anniversary of VE Day.

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