Photo Gallery: Remembering 'La Grande Guerre' 01/17/2014
 French Legionnaires carry the casket of Lazare Ponticelli, the last recognized...
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French Legionnaires carry the casket of Lazare Ponticelli, the last recognized veteran of World War I in France, during a funeral ceremony at the Les Invalides complex in Paris on March 17, 2008. The funeral mass was broadcast on live television and attended by some of the country's highest ranking leaders: then-President Nicolas Sarkozy and his predecessor Jacques Chirac, the presidents of the National Assembly and the senate, the prime minister and key members of the cabinet.