French ‘D-Day Land’ could be a fitting tribute

Memorial tourism is one of France’s biggest industries, even though it is inevitably centred on groups of people who died in horrific circumstances.

Historical attractions that are known all over the world range from the Palace of Versailles – once home to the doomed King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette before they were decapitated during the Revolution – to the battlefields that have claimed thousands of lives throughout the centuries.

Among the most infamous former combat zones are those in northern France, where World War One helped turn departments such as the Somme into bywords for industrialised slaughter.

Even today, more than a century on, there is scarcely a UK national who has not ...

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