Last "French" WW1 veteran gets full send off.



President Nicolas Sarkozy led a national ceremony in Paris on Monday in honour of the last French veteran of World War I, Lazare Ponticelli, who died last week aged 110.

Italian-born Ponticelli, the last of more than eight million men who fought under French colours in the 1914-18 war that tore Europe apart, died on Wednesday at his home in a Paris suburb.

Resting on the shoulders of 11 Foreign Legionnaires, his coffin was carried at 11:00 am into a church at the Invalides, the historic military hospice that houses the tomb of Napoleon.

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