Leaders gather in Paris to mark 100th anniversary since the end of the first world war
11 November 2018

Wolrd leaders are gathered in Paris this Sunday to mark armistice day which this year falls exactly one hundred years since the end of World War I

WWI, or the Great War as it is sometimes called, lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, took part in the fighting, making it one of the largest wars in history. An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war, while it is also considered a contributory factor in a number of genocides and the 1918 influenza epidemic, which caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide. Military losses were exacerbated by new technological and industrial developments and the tactical stalemate caused by gruelling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history and precipitated major political changes, including the Revolutions of 1917-1923, in many of the nations involved. Unresolved rivalries at the end of the conflict contributed to the start of the Second World War about twenty years later.

Among those attending the commemoration in France hosted by French president Emanuel Macron are the leaders of Britiain, Germany, Russia, Turkey and the United States. Also attending are Georgian president Giorgi Marghvelashvili and Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan


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