A cross is seen at the Tranchee des Baillonettes monument near Verdun
A cross is seen at the "Tranchee des Baillonettes" (Trench of the Bayonets) monument near Verdun March 4, 2014. A hundred years after the guns fell silent in World War One, nine villages wiped out by fighting on France's bloodiest battleground continue to lead a ghostly existence. Their names still appear on maps and in government records. Mayors representing them are designated by local authorities. But most of the streets, shops, houses and people who once lived around the French army stronghold of Verdun are gone. Picture taken March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: CITYSPACE MILITARY ANNIVERSARY POLITICS ELECTIONS CONFLICT)
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