Macron warns against nationalism in Armistice speech

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

Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu was on Sunday received by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in a ceremony to commemorate the Armistice of the First World War.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism", Macron said. "In saying "our interests first and who care about the others" we erase what a nation has that's most precious, what makes it live, what is most important: its moral values".

President Weah, who was among 70 world leaders attending the Paris Peace Forum, used the brief discussions to accentuate the importance of global involvement in maintaining Liberia's peace and supporting its development objectives.

"Mr. Macron, look up the word "nationalism" in a dictionary", he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron is no fan of President Trump's style of Twitter diplomacy. "Peace and security in Europe depend on the USA, and he knows that". "Let's reject the fascination for turning in on ourselves, violence, and domination".

The 40-year-old called on countries to join hands to fight challenges such as climate change, poverty, starvation and inequality.

Under a sea of black umbrellas, a line of leaders led by Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte marched in silence on the cobbles of the Champs-Elysees, after leaving their buses.

'Due to security protocols the President arrived separately, ' she said, without commenting on the possibility that he was talking privately with the Russian leader. At the start of the ceremony, they shook hands and Putin flashed a thumbs-up.

U.S. President Donald Trump is not participating.

Abroad, though, the equivalent of any modern US president's base - the network of alliances built up through two world wars and beyond - appears more fragile. A handful of senior administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, went in the president's place.

The White House is eager to avoid a repeat of the controversy that blew up the last time they met. Putin is expected to attend, Trump is not.

The German chancellor will be first to speak Sunday afternoon at a Forum for Peace which Macron hopes will help foster multilateralism.

Trump has been criticized for failing to visit a different American cemetery about 100 kilometres outside of Paris on Saturday.

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The U.S. president was also planning to skip the Peace Forum his host was organizing later on Sunday.

Sanders also defended Trump's decision to cancel his scheduled visit to a United States cemetery in France due to rain.

With Trump and other leaders looking on, Macron took on the rising tide of populism in the United States and Europe and urged leaders not to turn their backs by turning inward.

Police tackled the woman and the motorcade continued uninterrupted.

WWI killed almost 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel in total combined, in which two out of every three soldiers died in battle while others died of infections and disease. For years, French and German leaders discussed building a joint European army backed by unlikely far-right allies such as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

"France knows what it owes these fighters that came from across the world, France salutes with honor the death of soldiers that it fought", he said.

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