France is expecting to welcome thousands of tourists to the country over the next four years, as it prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the first battles of World War I. Events marking the battles, which lasted from 1914 to 1918, will take place up and down the country for the next four years.
Events to mark the World War I centenary in France were announced this month. The country hopes to highlight some of the lesser known battlefields in the country, such as the ones in the Champagne-Ardenne region, where soldiers from America, Russia and Portugal helped the French during the war.
A series of archaeological digs have also begun around France, uncovering hidden trenches used in the war. Archaeologists have already uncovered a number of exciting artefacts from the First World War during the digs and hope to keep finding items across the country.
Tourists planning a holiday in France over the next four years can expect to find a number of opportunities to learn more about the war and France’s role in it that would not normally be so readily available in France. Tours of cemeteries, trenches and rest camps, including the German rest camp at Vallée Moreau will all be available to the public for the next four years.
The Orientation Centres in Suippes is also expecting to see a surge in tourists. The centre is home to a number of films both of and about the war as well as photos, documents and military objects from World War I.
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