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On September 21, 1962, veteran French leader Charles de Gaulle opened a new page in Franco-German ties with a passionate speech. Half a century later, Chancellor Merkel and leader Hollande mark the date.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her French counterpart Francois Hollande attended a ceremony in the southwestern city of Ludwigsburg on Saturday, marking 50 years since one of the most famous speeches in Franco-German history.
Some 650 guests are in attendence, with Baden-Württemberg's state premier Winfried Kretschmann saying before the event that the organizers "hope to throw a party for all citizens from both countries."