The day of the "Victory in Europe" held annually on May 8 to commemorate the Allied victory over the Nazis in World War II in 1945
French President, Francois Hollande, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris to commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War II.
However, the death of a French soldier in Mali overshadowed the commemoration of this year and raised concerns about global security.
Hours before the ceremony to commemorate the 69 anniversary of the day "Victory in Europe", the president's office announced the death of a French soldier tonight during a mission against terror in northern Mali.
The soldier, Second Foreign Parachute Regiment, was the victim of the outbreak of an improvised explosive device.
"The ceremony this year is mourning the death of a soldier aged 25, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an explosion. There are also two other wounded soldiers but their health is not serious," said Hollande channel France 2 news outside the ceremony.
"On May 8, we think of all those who died for France," he said, adding that 1,000 French soldiers remain in Mali to fight Islamist insurgents.
Escorted by the Republican Guard, Hollande waved to the crowds along the Les Champs-Elysees avenue before a meeting of ministers in the iconic Place de l'Etoile. Newly appointed French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, and other prominent leaders also attended the ceremony.
The day of the "Victory in Europe" held annually on May 8 to commemorate the Allied victory over the Nazis in World War II in 1945, which ended one of the bloodiest conflicts in history.
Source: Xinhua News Agency of China
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