French president Emmanuel Macron   at a ceremony marking the centenary of the end of the first World War at  the Douaumont Ossuary cemetery  near Verdun. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AP

The forest of Compiègne opens onto a desolate glade, blanketed by fog on a recent autumn morning. Workers were draining the soaked earth and covering (...)

Members of the British Army’s  Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at the Thiepval Memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on Friday. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/EPA

The leaders of Britain, France and Ireland honoured the victims of the Battle of the Somme yesterday in a moving and dignified ceremony on the 100th a(...)