Leaders gather in France to mark Armistice centennial

French President Macron says nationalism is a 'betrayal of patriotism' as Trump looks on during ceremony

‘Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,’ says France’s Emmanuel Macron at World War I commemoration

One of dozens of world leaders attending World War I commemorations in France this weekend, Trump tweeted after landing in Paris that Macron's call for a "real European army" was "insulting".

As world leaders looked on, French President Emmanuel Macron took a moment in his speech at Armistice Day in France to speak out against the rise of nationalism.

Over 1,500 United States soldiers who fought in World War I are buried at the hillside cemetery in Suresnes.

Sanders further said Trump was "honoured" to be able to attend a similar event on Sunday at the Suresnes American Cemetery and was "deeply moved by the sacrifices of so many for the cause of freedom".

"The lesson we draw of the great war can not be rancor and resentment against other nations".

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Culminating a week of World War I memorials, Macron also lighted a flame and laid a wreath to honor an unknown soldier who was killed in the war and whose remains are buried with others under the arch.

They had arrived a few minutes late, missing the exact moment - 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 - that four years of fighting ended.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that French President Emmanuel Macron personally asked that Trump and Putin not meet. In the current condition of relations between Russia and the United States, meetings between the leaders of the two nuclear superpowers first of all should not bring the Russian-American relations to an even greater deterioration, as it happened after the meetings in Hamburg in July 2017 and in Helsinki in July 2018.

The French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-yo Ma, West African singer Angelique Kidjo and a European youth orchestra with a Russian conductor all performed. police were on duty to ensure maximum security in a city repeatedly targeted by jihadists since 2015.

"What's important is that he participated in the ceremony and at the dinner and at the lunch, and that he spoke to a great many heads of state and government", said Stoltenberg. "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism", said the French President in the conference. Other topics, in addition to the ones listed by the French, were trade, sanctions, Afghanistan and China, she said.

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But Trump did not broach the divide as he paid tribute Sunday to US and allied soldiers killed in World War I during "a frightful, disgusting war" that marked America's emergence as a world power. He later visited another American cemetery, this one closer to Paris, to lay a wreath and deliver his own speech. He pulled out of a similar ceremony east of Paris on Saturday due to the weather.

"Old demons are reawakening, ready to sow chaos and death", he said, warning of how ideology, religion and a disregard for facts could be exploited.

"We want to make these commemorations a time to reflect on the present, not just the past, so that they have a meaning for us today", an aide to Macron said earlier this week. "History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again".

In a continent devastated by two world wars, leaders like Mrs Merkel warned that rising nationalism poses a threat to peace.

"In a context of challenges to multilateralism, we reaffirm our commitment to existing global organizations as well as our determination to allow them to be even more representative of the worldwide community and shared values", wrote Macron and the heads of global organizations in a joint statement published at the end of the first day of the Paris Peace Forum which opened Sunday.

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