French and American flags are seen in front of a tombstone at the American War cemetery ahead of Memorial Day ceremonies in Colleville-sur-Mer, in this May 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)
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Tens of millions of viewers around the world could be deprived of live pictures of the 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day because of a decision by the French presidency to let host broadcasters charge international news agencies for access.In an unprecedented move, the two companies are seeking nearly 200,000 euros ($265,000) from Agence France Presse, the Associated Press, Reuters and ENEX (a global network of private TV stations), for the right to retransmit the ceremonies live, including on the Internet.AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll added: "We are dismayed that the Elysee Palace is denying the Associated Press and other international news agencies fair access to live broadcast coverage of D-Day commemorations, which will be attended by world leaders and hundreds of veterans.
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