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President Donald Trump, a leader who has proudly declared himself a "nationalist" and advocated an "America First" approach, joined dozens of other world leaders Sunday at a ceremony focused on worldwide cooperation to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks described himself as a nationalist and has frequently sparred with the media, whom he has labelled as "fake news" and the enemy of the people - both of which were on display last week in a free-wheeling press conference after the U.S. midterm elections.

Macron will pay tribute to the fallen soldiers in a speech at the Arc de Triomphe, where an unknown soldier killed in the war is buried.

Later on Sunday, Macron convened a Paris Peace Forum, which he said would give world leaders an opportunity to discuss the miscalculations that led to World War I and promote concrete actions toward peace.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism", Macron continued.

Macron spoke bluntly of the threat from nationalism, calling it a betrayal of moral values.

Some 70 world leaders gathered under rainy skies at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday for a solemn ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

French President Emmanuel Macron is no fan of President Trump's style of Twitter diplomacy.

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

Those who fought in the trenches of World War One lived through an unimaginable hell, Macron said, highlighting that as well as the deaths of 10 million troops, millions of women were widowed and children orphaned.

President Trump explained that 1 million French soldiers and 116,000 American service members had sacrificed their lives by the end of World War I.

"For our tomorrows, they gave their today", Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told people gathered at a ceremony in Canberra.

The Paris Peace Forum, which started yesterday, brings together leaders from across the world, global organisations, local governments, NGOs and foundations, companies, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens.

On Sunday, while other leaders took part in a meeting at Macron's official residence in Paris, Élysée Palace, and then walked together down Paris's posh thoroughfare, the Champs-Élysées, Trump arrived on his own and walked on his own.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"The lesson of the Great War cannot be that of resentment between peoples, nor should the past be forgotten", said Macron, sorrow etched on the faces of former French soldiers standing to attention around him during the ceremony.

During talks with President Trump Saturday President Macron said his remarks had been misinterpreted and that he was merely saying Europe needed to take greater ownership of its own security.

Trump canceled a visit to an American cemetery outside Paris Saturday.

The French president urged the European continent to become "a more sovereign, a more united and democratic power", taking a step away from the historical alliance between Europe and the US.

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.

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. Nearly 10 million soldiers died, sometimes tens of thousands on a single day.



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