Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

World leaders mark 100 years since WWI Armistice in Paris

The Paris commemorations, centred on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, with Macron stressing on warnings about the modern-day danger of nationalism.

"There's been no voice louder than this president's", Keane said of Trump's support for European security.

World leaders gathered in Paris on a rainy Sunday morning to mark 100 years since the end of the World War I with a reminder not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Continuing in the same vein, Macron said in the course of his 20-minute speech that it was their "deeply-rooted obligation to think of the future, and to consider what is essential".

Speech: French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris yesterday.

As she waited in the persistent drizzle at the Armistice centenary commemoration at Compiègne, the woman shook hands with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and then turned to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. "In saying "our interests first and who care about the others" we erase what a nation has that's most precious, what makes it live, what is most important: its moral values".

Trump, who attended a WWI memorial service in Paris earlier in the day but snubbed the peace conference, is a proud nationalist who has made "America First" his political slogan.

Countries around the world commemorated the armistice on Sunday, with New Zealand holding a 100-gun salute; planes dropping thousands of red paper poppies in Australia, and hundreds of bagpipers across the United Kingdom playing a lament at 6 a.m.

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

In central London, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, clad in black, watched from a balcony as her son Prince Charles laid a wreath on her behalf at the foot of the Cenotaph memorial that honors the fallen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Indian tributes on this special day.

Trump cancels memorial visit to United States cemetery in France due to rain
On Sunday, Trump attended a scheduled event honouring American war dead at a United States cemetery just outside Paris .


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

Opening the first edition of "Forum for Peace", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "most of the challenges today can not be solved by one nation alone, but together".

Guterres warned of "many parallels with both the start of the twentieth century and the 1930s, giving us grounds to fear that an unpredictable chain of events could ensue".

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have met for the first time since the Helsinki summit in July.

A group of about 50 activist groups plan to hold a protest in Paris against his visit later.

But on Sunday both the U.S. and Russian presidents arrived separately for the solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, skipping the bus ride and symbolic walk with other leaders.

"Mr Hate, Leave Europe", read one banner at the protest.

The US President also faced criticism after the White House canceled a planned trip to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, 50 miles outside Paris, on Saturday due to "scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather".

Less than an hour later, however, Putin told reporters that he did end up having a brief conversation with Trump.

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