Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

World leaders gather in Paris a century after WWI armistice

World leaders gather in Paris a century after WWI armistice

President Donald Trump and dozens of world leaders gathered Sunday in Paris to mark the 100 years since the moment World War I ended.

The French leader focused on how countries should be trying to achieve global goals and work together rather than focusing on their own goals.

He suggested to Zakaria that the US would eventually rejoin the Paris climate accord, which Trump pulled out of during his first six months of office.

French President Emmanuel Macron led the worldwide Armistice Day commemorations Sunday morning by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which lies at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.

"Finally, the whir of the shells and the whistling of the bullets are over", wrote French infantryman Alfred Roumiguieres.

Another letter, from a British soldier, read: My darling parents, today has been perfectly wonderful. "We renew our sacred obligation to memorialise our fallen heroes".

As world leaders looked on, French President Emmanuel Macron took a moment in his speech at Armistice Day in France to speak out against the rise of nationalism.

While praising France for "a wonderful two days", Trump described his rainy stop at the American cemetery at Suresnes as "the highlight of the trip".

The area was the site of the Battle of Belleau Wood in June of 1918.

"I only hope the soldiers who died for this cause are looking down upon the world today", American soldier Capt. Charles S. Normington wrote on November 11, 1918, in one of the letters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he didn't have a separate meeting with President Donald Trump at events in Paris marking the end of World War I, but says they will meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina later this month.

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The symbolism during Trump's visit couldn't have been more stark.

"There is always a rain option".

Trump, who champions a policy of "America first" and has said he is proud to be a nationalist, snubbed the event.

Macron's comments on Fareed Zakaria GPS were made after Trump, on a visit to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice, criticized Macron via Twitter for proposing the creation of a "true European army".

Host and French President Emmanuel Macron was there and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in some of the exchanges, the presidency said.

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

As they began their meeting Saturday morning at the Elysee Palace, the USA president again called for better burden sharing for the cost of defending Europe.

"History sometimes threatens to repeat its tragic patterns, and undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had sealed with the blood of our ancestors", he said.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other White House personnel attended Saturday's ceremony. But if Trump felt singled out by Macron's remarks, he didn't show it. Rain was a regular feature on the Western Front.

The "main victim" of the withdrawal, Macron argued, is "Europe and its security".

"By saying, 'Our interests first, who cares about the others, ' we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what makes it essential: its moral values", Macron said.

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