Macron speaks before Peace Forum attended by world leaders

Trump rips Macron call for unified European military

Trump and Macron met ahead of the commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I.

During a speech in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe, Macron delivered a direct rebuke of nationalism, warning the leaders gathered that a "fascination for withdrawal, isolationism" contributed to the events that caused the Great War.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Trump had agreed to hold a more detailed discussion on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of the month.

Mr Peters said Mr Macron's speech was heavily directed towards US President Donald Trump.

The U.S. leader contended, "We pay for LARGE portions of other countries military protection, hundreds of billions of dollars, for the great privilege of losing hundreds of billions of dollars with these same countries on trade". But all weekend, Trump cut a solitary figure.

During the ceremony Sunday, Macron sat with Angela Merkel on his immediate right, with Trump just beyond the German Chancellor. Macron posted the photo on Twitter with just one word: "Unis". Putin was seated next to Trump at the luncheon, Russia's state-run RIA Novosti reported.

Around 1,500 anti-Trump protesters held a demonstration at Republique square in eastern Paris on Sunday, at which the giant "Baby Blimp" balloon depicting Trump as an infant was flown, following previous appearances in London and NY. Meanwhile, a USA motorcade escorted Trump alone to the ceremony.

He also delivered a stinging indictment of nationalism, calling it "the exact opposite" of the patriotism shown by soldiers. "Right now the burden sharing has been largely on the United States".

"'As I see it, several elements today have 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, '" Guterres said at the forum, according to RFI.

"Never easy bringing up the fact that the United States must be treated fairly, which it hasn't, on both military and trade". Britain had 880,000 military dead in the war. But in reality, Macron's idea is widely regarded as unworkable.

"I appreciate what you are saying about burden sharing".

"It is our deeply rooted obligation to think of the future, and to consider what is essential", Macron said.

He was able to work with Trump "probably because we are very much aligned in the fight against terrorism and we work very closely together following this line".

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

"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.

The WWI commemorations come at a watershed moment for the liberal post-war order, with anti-immigration populists at the helm in the USA and Brazil, sharing power in Italy, and making strong gains in Germany, where Merkel has announced her resignation in 2021.

"It depends only on us", he added. Among them: Russia's political meddling and military buildup, as well as a sense that Trump is abandoning USA commitments to European allies.

For many Europeans, the history of catastrophic battle still looms large. "It is the most important element of France's collective memory since the French Revolution" in 1789, says Heisbourg.

Macron said he believes in cooperation between different peoples and opposed nationalists sometimes adopting a unilateral approach and "the law of the strongest". That is because the Baltics, like others, depends heavily on USA and Canadian military cooperation and intelligence, which could take a lesser role if a European Army existed.

For Macron, the challenge now is to inject a sense of urgency, at a time when Europe is not at war.

"Will it be a photograph of the last moment of unity before the world fell into a new disorder?" he asked. "The answer is down to us".



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