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13 July 2014

Day of War 14-18

World War I was one of the first events widely covered by photographers. L’Excelsior, a French daily newspaper launched in 1910, featured many of their photographs. Jean-Noël Jeanneney, the host of the highly successful radio programme ‘Concordance des temps’ on France Culture, and the Rencontres’ president, brings the experience of French soldiers in the trenches, from the summer of 1914 to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, to life. The exceptional quality of the photographs selected with Jeanne Guérout for the book Jours de Guerre, published by Éditions des Arènes, and Jeanneney’s gift for stimulating the listener’s interest in history, are combined in an intense evening presentation.
With the collaboration of the Parisienne de Photographie and Les Arènes.
Music composed and performed by Michèle Buirette, accordion.