World Leaders Warn Against Nationalism At World War I Remembrance Ceremony

A cemetery employee cleans the cross Friday of an American serviceman killed during World War I ahead of centenary events at the American Cemetery in Suresnes

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.

President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the millions of soldiers killed in World War One on Sunday, using an emotional ceremony in Paris attended by scores of world leaders to warn against nationalism a century on from the conflict.

French officials, however, say - without elaborating - there was a misunderstanding by Trump about Macron's comments, noting the USA president told his French counterpart in their Saturday meeting: "I think we are much closer than it seems".

Macron added that "In saying 'Our interests first, whatever happens to the others, ' you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values".

President Macron's office said President Trump misunderstood the comments, according to the Press Association. "But I'm not a nationalist".

Trump thanked Macron in a tweet for the "beautiful ceremony" before heading to the U.S. military cemetery at Suresnes, west of Paris to pay tribute to America's war dead.

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

Rain on Saturday forced the cancellation of Trump's helicopter trip to a different American cemetery in France.

The earlier show of unity at the Arc de Triomphe comes at a time of growing tensions between liberals and populists in the European Union, as well as between Europe and the USA, two years into Trump's "America First" presidency.

Last to arrive was the Russian president, Putin, who shook Trump's hand and flashed him a thumbs-up.

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President Trump, whose hardline nationalism has badly shaken the Western alliance, arrived in Paris on Friday criticising host President Macron for being "insulting".

He said the European Union needed to be less dependent on the United States, not least following Trump's withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear treaty.

"I will meet dozens of leaders from around the world, and I will have a separate meeting with [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron", Netanyahu went on to say.

Over 60 heads of state and government gathered - silent, sombre and reflective - for a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the mute and powerful symbol of sacrifice to the millions who died from 1914-18.

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was marked by events around the world Sunday, including in New Zealand, Australia, and London.

Putin exchanged brief handshakes with other world leaders, but he and Trump engaged in mutual arm and back patting.

One woman easily breached tight security along the Champs-Elysees avenue, walking on the midst of the motorcade and shouting "fake peacemaker" as the cars passed.

Publicly, the Kremlin has played down the possible absence of a sit-down with Trump, saying the two leaders will have time for talks in a few weeks at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Since then, the US has sent National Security Adviser John Bolton for two rounds of talks with Russian officials, but the only deal announced publicly was a vague agreement for the two leaders to meet again next year, possibly in Washington. Its role as host of the main worldwide commemoration aimed to highlight the message that the world must not stumble into war again, as it did so quickly and catastrophically with the second world war.

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