Donald Trump ignores Emmanuel Macron 'nationalism' dig, honors veterans in France

Ruben Ruiz
November 11, 2018

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Mr. Trump's eagerness to get along with the Russian leader - in spite of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and numerous other aggressive moves - has alarmed America's European allies, who view Russia as a growing threat.

As Trump's convoy was making its way up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, a bare-breasted protester from the Femen radical feminist group ran towards his motorcade, coming within a few metres, before being apprehended by police.

Afterwards, Macron will host a lunch for the dignitaries at the Elysee.

World leaders with the power to make war but a duty to preserve the peace gathered by the dozens Sunday to mark the end of World War I's slaughter 100 years ago, turning Paris into the epicenter of global commemorations that drove home a powerful message: never again. The French presidency later sought to defuse the row, saying Macron remarks had been misinterpreted.

In the interview, Macron had cited Trump's plans to pull the U.S. out of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty and said a joint European Union force was needed to end Europe's reliance on U.S. military might.

'We have much in common in many ways - perhaps more ways than people would understand, ' he assessed.

Military officer Garcia plays the original Armistice bugle from 1918 under the Arc de Triomphe Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Paris.

More than 2,000 soldiers are buried at the World War I cemetery, many of whom died in the Battle of Belleau Wood.

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Ceremonies in New Zealand, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Myanmar began a day of memorial events around the world for a conflict that involved millions of troops from colonised countries in Asia and Africa.

In London, Prince Charles laid the first wreath of red poppies, Britain's emblem of remembrance, at the nation's annual commemoration ceremony on behalf of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who watched from a nearby balcony.

After spending a week touring the former battlefields of northern France, he urged leaders not to forget the slaughter, "one hundred years after a massacre whose scars are still visible on the face of the world". "Nationalism is rising across Europe, the nationalism that demands the closing of frontiers, which preaches rejection of the other", Macron said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

"I'm not a nationalist, which for me is very different from being a patriot".

Guterres warned of "many parallels with both the start of the twentieth century and the 1930s, giving us grounds to fear that an unpredictable chain of events could ensue".

Macron delivered a powerful address during the celebrations of the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I in the French capital on Sunday, with Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and other heads of state being among his audience.

The French president, who tried but failed earlier this year to talk Trump out of withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, has also voiced worries about the impact of sanctions on European companies doing business with Iran.

"Mr Hate, Leave Europe", read one banner at the protest.

However, the Trumps canceled a planned trip to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, 50 miles outside Paris, on Saturday because of "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather", the White House said.

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