In Paris, Trump walks alone as French president rips nationalism

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Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on Saturday poignantly visited the forest clearing in northeastern France where the Armistice was signed, had signalled beforehand that they meant to use the Paris ceremony to warn about the modern-day danger of nationalism. And I say, really, we're not supposed to use that word.

The two leaders are in France this weekend to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I. Russian news outlets reported Putin describing the interaction between the two as "fine", but Putin said French leaders requested they hold "no meetings". Around him, sorrow etched on their faces, former French soldiers stood rigidly to attention.

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.

Trump tweeted about a suggestion by French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe build up its militaries because the continent can no longer depend on the US for defense.

Emmnuel Macron, to smoothen the worldwide communications in order to avoid war situations.

It was the first time the two leaders met since their summit in Helsinki in July, during which Trump claimed that he didn't "see any reason" why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 United States elections.

The French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-yo Ma, West African singer Angeligue Kidjo and European youth orchestra with a Russian conductor performed at the forum.

"What's important is that he participated in the ceremony and at the dinner and at the lunch, and that he spoke to a great many heads of state and government", said Stoltenberg.

Europe should not spend higher defence budgets on US-made weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview due to air Sunday, after a defence row with President Donald Trump.

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But Trump did not broach the divide as he paid tribute Sunday to USA and allied soldiers killed in World War I during "a terrible, awful war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.

Trump caused controversy by refusing to attend a ceremony for the American fallen outside Paris because of the rain.

As well as spelling out the horrific costs of conflict to those with arsenals capable of waging a third world war, the ceremony also served up a joyful reminder of the intense sweetness of peace.

"It is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago", he said.

"We must not accept armed conflicts, wherever they are in the world, no matter how far away, no population, no nation, not a single person must be written off by us, " she said.

"The old demons are rising again".

Meanwhile, across the English Channel, royals and senior politicians gathered with veterans and members of the public at the Cenotaph in central London for Sunday's remembrance service. History sometimes threatens to take its tragic course again and compromise our hope of peace.

US President Donald Trump discussed a host of issues - including Syria, trade, the situation in Saudi Arabia, sanctions, Afghanistan, China and North Korea - during his meetings with the world leaders in France, the White House said.

After the ceremony, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the opening speeches at the new peace forum in Paris, set up by Mr Macron.

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