Macron Delivers Rebuke to Nationalism as Trump Looks On

Macron Delivers Rebuke to Nationalism as Trump Looks On

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery dedicated to the USA soldiers killed in the Belleau Wood battle during World War One at Belleau, France, Nov. 10, 2018. "And I think that in order to have a better burden-sharing, all of us do need more Europe".

Instead, the Russian president was entertained by conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, while Trump was given a seat between Macron and Moroccan King Mohammed VI.

Trump, a self-proclaimed unapologetic nationalist and advocate of the "America First" agenda, was reportedly unimpressed, awarding Macron with just a few weak claps.

"Franco-German reconciliation was at the very heart of what we've been seeing together", said Dominique Moisi, a French foreign policy expert at the Paris-based Institute Montaigne and an informal adviser to the Macron campaign.

Australians mark 100 years since end of WWI.

"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russian Federation".

"Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidizes greatly!", he added.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly branded himself a "nationalist", despite criticism from some that the term has negative connotations.

Macron did, however, bow to the tradition of standing at attention as a choir sang the national anthem rather than taking a knee.

He referred to a recent radio interview in which Mr. Macron called for a larger European military force to repel threats from "China, Russia and even the United States".

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During the event, French President Emmanuel Macron issued a strong rebuke of nationalism. The advisor said Trump had replied: "We are much closer than it seems".

The pair also discussed the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and said pressure to elucidate his murder could help bring about a "political resolution" in Yemen, where Riyadh is fighting a brutal war against Iranian-backed rebels.

Trump and his wife Melania, who had lunch with Macron and his wife Brigitte, later cancelled a planned visit to an American military cemetery northeast of Paris due to bad weather, leaving them free for the afternoon.

In a glass canopy at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, Trump, Merkel, Macron, Putin and the other leaders listened through earpieces as the French president spoke.

Across Britain, individuals and communities held two minutes silence 1100 GMT to remember the end of the four-year conflict which claimed 18 million lives.

He urged the leaders present to promise their peoples that the resurgent "old demons" would not be able to return, sowing "chaos and death".

Trump was missing from one of the weekend's most powerful images: A line of world leaders, walking shoulder-to-shoulder in a somber, rain-soaked procession as the bells marking the exact moment that fighting ended - 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 - finished tolling.

The visit is meant to symbolise the close ties between two countries that fought three wars between 1870 and 1945 but are now seen as the lynchpins of peace in Western Europe.

Trump has ducked out of a peace conference Sunday, which Macron and Merkel intend to use as a platform for promoting multilateralism.

Erdoğan received a warm welcome on Saturday upon arriving in Paris.

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