In 1940, during World War II, a group of tirailleurs – soldiers from what were then French colonies – fought the invading German army. In France’s Rhône region, just outside of Lyon, these brave men faced the enemy. Many were taken prisoner and ruthlessly executed. A military cemetery has been erected in their honour, taking the form of a traditional Senegalese burial ground. FRANCE 24’s Florence Gaillard reports from Chasselay, where a tribute is held for these brave soldiers every year on November 11.
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