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Obama to visit France for D-Day anniversary

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  • President Barack Obama to visit France for 65th D-Day anniversary
  • Allied forces landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944
  • Obama expected to hold talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy
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PARIS, France (CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit France in June for the 65th anniversary of D-Day, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's chief of staff said Thursday.

There had been discussion of Obama going to Normandy next month on his trip to Europe, the official, Claude Gueant, told the French TV network France 24. But he would have had only an hour on the beaches where Allied forces landed on June 6, 1944, the beginning of the drive to push the Nazis out of France during World War II.

That would not have left enough time for conversations with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Gueant said.

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