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Merkel and Macron 'trying to erase Poland from historical memory'

The Polish defence minister has accused the leaders of Germany and France of trying to "erase from Europe's historical memory" what Poland suffered during the Second World War at German hands.

Antoni Macierewicz made his remarks during a visit to Sulejow, a small town in central Poland which marked the 78th anniversary of being bombarded by the German Luftwaffe at the start of the war.

The minister said he wanted to remind German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron that six million Polish citizens were killed and Polish cities and villages were destroyed.

The comment comes amid growing tensions between Poland's conservative-nationalist government and both Mrs Merkel and Mr Macron, who have recently criticised perceived rule of law violations by the Warsaw leaders.

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