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French President Emanuel Macron: 'Nationalism is Treason'

French President Emanuel Macron: 'Nationalism is Treason'

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - precisely 100 years after fighting halted in the first world war - leaders from 70 nations gathered at the Arc de Triomphe to remember the millions who died in the conflict.

Mr Trump is due to visit a different cemetery on Sunday.

The US president said he and other officials were "gathered at this hallowed resting place to pay tribute to courageous Americans" who died a century ago, as well as to the French troops with whom they fought.

The two sides have become close allies and Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel entered the ceremony in Paris as part of a united front after participating in a commemorative event alongside one another the day before. Putin shook Mr. Trump's hand, flashed him a thumbs-up sign and patted Mr. Trump's arm as he arrived, and Mr. Trump offered a wide smile. He also flashed Trump a thumbs up, which is something of a signature move of the USA president during photo-ops. Trump's words were a response to a recent appearance by Macron on French radio in which he said, "We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America", Macron said on French radio.

Trump called off a a trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial on Saturday after a bad weather call grounded Marine One.

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

"I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface".

He denounced rising ideologies that have warped religious beliefs and set loose extremist forces on a "sinister course once again that could undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had forever sealed".

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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.

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Macron delivered the address, with its historical resonance tied to the nationalist movements that gave rise to World War I, nearly three weeks after Trump adopted the label of "nationalist" at a campaign rally.

On Sunday, however, Macron rebuked Trump's nationalistic tendencies.

On Saturday, Trump drew criticism for canceling a separate commemorative visit to the Belleau Wood battleground northeast of Paris because of rain. A handful of senior administration officials, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, went in the president's place.

A cemetery employee walks between graves of American service members killed during World War I at the American Cemetery in Suresnes, on the outskirts of Paris, Nov. 9, 2018.

After the ceremony, which ended with Macron lighting anew the flame at the Arc de Triomphe´s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the leaders headed for lunch at the presidential palace.

Macron stood to attention as a military band played the Marseillaise, the French national anthem, before walking through the rain to inspect troops.

The Kremlin said earlier that the prospect of a full meeting between the U.S. and Russian presidents had prompted huge worldwide media interest, leading to concern from the French organisers this could overshadow the commemorations.