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French president marks Armistice Day at Arc de Triomphe

  • French President Francois Hollande attends a commemoration ceremony for Armistice day at Clemenceau statue, 98 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France, Friday, Nov 11, 2016. (Philippe Wojazer/ Pool Photo via AP)

    French President Francois Hollande attends a commemoration ceremony for Armistice day at Clemenceau statue, 98 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France, Friday, Nov 11, 2016. (Philippe Wojazer/ Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • The French President's car arrives on the Champs Elysee Avenue prior to the Armistice Day ceremonies marking the end of World War I, in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

    The French President's car arrives on the Champs Elysee Avenue prior to the Armistice Day ceremonies marking the end of World War I, in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's President Francois Hollande arrives to lay a wreath of flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe during the Armistice Day ceremonies marking the end of World War I, in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

    France's President Francois Hollande arrives to lay a wreath of flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe during the Armistice Day ceremonies marking the end of World War I, in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande has paid his respects to the fallen of World War I on Paris' Champs Elysees avenue for Armistice Day.

The French leader attended a solemn and chilly Friday morning ceremony at the famed Arc de Triomphe to mark 98 years since the Allies claimed their bloody victory.

Decorated French veterans stood in silence as Hollande laid a large floral wreath at the foot of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in remembrance of the millions who gave their lives during the 1914-18 conflict that ended on Nov. 11.

The Great War — one of the deadliest conflicts of the modern era — claimed over 1 million French lives.