French President Francois Hollande has led commemorations in Paris to mark the end of World War II. Meanwhile, thousands enjoyed the first car-free day on the French capital's grand boulevard, celebrating the city's attempt to cut pollution levels.
The bell of Parliament's Big Ben clock tower in London chimed at 11 a.m. to mark the time World War I ended in 1918. In Paris, wreaths were laid at the Arc de Triomphe, where an eternal flame burns for unknown soldiers.
French President Emmanuel Macron has thanked his US counterpart during Bastille celebrations. Donald Trump is on hand as the guest of honor to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the US's entry into World War I.
Amid high security measures, French President Francois Hollande has led commemorations in Paris to mark the end of World War II in Europe 71 years ago. Russia marks the anniversary of the surrender a day later.
Thousands of socialists, labor unionists and their supporters have taken to the streets of Paris to protest president-elect Macron's pro-business leanings. Some French voters felt he was simply "the lesser of two evils."
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