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World leaders pose for D-Day group photo

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World leaders gathered for a family photo before being welcomed by French President Francois Hollande for a commemorative D-Day lunch on Friday (June 6).

The leaders gathered to pay tribute to soldiers who fell in the liberation of Europe from Nazi German rule, as host France sought to use the event to achieve a thaw in the Ukraine crisis.

Attendees included Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Queen Elizabeth and U.S. President Barack Obama.

The leaders honored history's largest amphibious assault on June 6, 1944, when 160,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops waded ashore to confront German forces, hastening its defeat and the advent of peace in Europe.

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