German troops will be stationed in neighboring France for the first time since the Nazi occupation during World War II, both countries' leaders announced Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote in a joint statement that the nearly 20-year old French-German joint military brigade "will in the future be based in both our nations."
"France will host a German contingent of this brigade on its soil," the leaders wrote, stressing the "historic symbolism of this new step in Franco-German friendship."
The joint statement, published in Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung and France's Le Monde dailies, comes ahead of this weekend's Munich Security Conference that both leaders are to attend, but it was not clear if details on the issue would be a topic.
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