For millions of Europeans, the war did not end in 1918

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Our narrative of the armistice is not the only one. In the east conflict continued, fuelled by the crumbling of empires

Emmanuel Macron is on a six-day tour of France’s first world warbattleground sites to commemorate the centenary of the armistice.

Anyone who’s spent time in places where the 1914-18 bloodbath unfolded will know this could be an emotional visit.

The fields and forests still bear the scars: the long sinuous furrows formed by the remains of trenches; the 90-metre-wide gaping crater left by the explosion of a mine; or the war museum in Péronne, in the Somme, with its collection of photos of gueules…

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