In a speech at the Arc de Triomphe, French President Emmanuel Macron took aim at the style of nationalism that has been embraced by President Trump, warning a crowd of dignitaries and heads of state about how the splintering of multilateral institutions led to the first World War and now threaten to divide the world once again.
The Amir H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday attended the opening of Paris Peace Forum, held at the Grand Halle de la Villette in Paris, at the invitation of President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, in the presence of a number of Their Excellencies, Heads of State and Government, heads of delegations and a number of representatives of global organisations and civil society. All will travel together in buses to the Arc de Triomphe for the ceremony.
Trump arrived separately, in a motorcade that drove past three topless protesters with anti-war slogans on their chests who somehow got through the rows of security and were quickly bundled away by police.
Macron spoke bluntly of the threat from nationalism, calling it a betrayal of moral values.
Trump took umbrage at a recent interview in which Macron talked about the need for a European army and listed the U.S. along with Russian Federation and China as a threat to national security.
An armistice officially ended World War I at exactly 11 a.m., 100 years ago.
"The lesson of the Great War can not be that of resentment between peoples, nor should the past be forgotten", he said, alluding to the millions of women widowed and children orphaned by the conflict, as well as the 10 million soldiers killed.
"The lesson of the Great War can not be that of resentment between peoples, nor should the past be forgotten", he said, sorrow etched on the faces of former French soldiers standing to attention around him.
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Standing in the courtyard of the Elysee under slow and steady rain, Macron and his wife Brigitte welcomed some 70 monarchs, heads of state and prime ministers.
Expectations have been growing for a new Trump-Putin meeting as tensions pile up over the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and United States sanctions against Moscow.
Trump, who champions a nationalist "America first" policy, will not attend the forum but Putin is expected to do so. Other topics, in addition to the ones listed by the French, were trade, sanctions, Afghanistan and China, she said.
Trump also attended a lunch with world leaders, including Putin, on Sunday.
The next day at the cemetery in Suresnes, Mr. Trump paid tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Belleau Wood, where thousands of American and French service members died. He pulled out of a similar ceremony east of Paris on Saturday due to the weather. "They made a decision to do this at the G20 summit in Argentina", Peskov said.
The conflict being remembered on Sunday was one of the bloodiest in history, reshaping Europe's politics and demographics. But Mr. Trump later said he would instead sit down with him formally later this month at a world leaders' summit in Buenos Aires.
"The old demons are rising again".
Donald Trump has been resoundingly criticized for not taking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I seriously.
He visited an American cemetery outside Paris at precisely the moment that Macron, Merkel and other dignitaries were opening a peace forum where the French leader again sounded the alarm about crumbling global harmony as he ruminated about the legacy of the morning's commemorations.