The US government shutdown on Tuesday affected military cemeteries worldwide. In
Iconic military cemeteries around the world where thousands of American soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars lay to rest were temporarily closed from Tuesday due to theUS government shutdown.
A sign outside the
But Suresnes isn't the only one. The move affects some 20 cemeteries in
Normal operations will resume "when a new funding measure is passed by the
A restaurant owner near the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer located on a bluff overlooking , one of the landing beaches of the Normandy invasion, expressed fears that her business would be hit.
The site, which houses the remains of more than 9,300 US troops, attracts more than one million visitors a year.
"Today there were people," she said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "I had 80 to 90 people. Everybody was only talking about this, they didn't know. Even the guides brought tourists.
"But if tomorrow, the cemetery is still closed it could have serious repercussions on our business."
At the American cemetery at Bony, containing the graves of 1,844 soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme during
"But they will be paid because we are under French law," the worker said, joking that these were just "extra holidays".
The US government was forced to shut down on Tuesday, after the houses of
It was the first shutdown in 17 years.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)
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