World leaders in Paris warn world peace under threat

12 November, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • US President Donald Trump is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives for bilateral talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris

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

French President Emmanuel Macron looks on after delivering his speech.

Some 70 world leaders gathered under rainy skies at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday for a solemn ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Macron didn't mention Trump or the United States by name in his remarks, and his message was likely meant for several world leaders in the audience and listeners worldwide, given the rise of nationalist movements throughout Europe.

"The lesson of the Great War can not be that of resentment between peoples, nor should the past be forgotten", said Macron, sorrow etched on the faces of former French soldiers standing to attention around him.

At the forum German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against taking peace for granted, saying, "We have to work for it".

In a dinner late on November 10 with numerous visiting leaders, Macron warned against taking peace for granted.

He visited an American cemetery outside Paris at precisely the moment that Macron, Merkel and other dignitaries were opening a peace forum where the French leader again sounded the alarm about crumbling worldwide harmony as he ruminated about the legacy of the morning's commemorations.


In the four years of fighting, remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of gas, France, the British empire, Russian Federation and the United States had the main armies opposing a German-led coalition that also included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.

But the day's symbolism couldn't have been starker.

Around 47 heads of states, 23 governments' heads and 15 worldwide institutions' chairs walked towards Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at the base of the arc on the famous Champs-Elysees Avenue. She had slogans, including the words "Fake" and "Peace", written on her chest. The Femen group claimed responsibility.

Trump is not expected to attend the forum ceremony, although Putin is. Trump responded with a wide smile. The meeting came soon after Donald Trump arrived in Paris and criticized his host via Twitter, calling Macron's support for a European military force "very insulting".

National Security Adviser John Bolton had said at one point that Mr. Trump would meet with Putin during the visit.

But Mr. Trump, a leader who has proudly declared himself a "nationalist" and advocated an "America First" approach, stood out at a memorial ceremony that focused on worldwide cooperation. He has slapped tariffs on the European Union, pulled the USA out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal and suggested he might be willing to pull the US out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if member counties don't significantly boost their defense spending. Trump's eagerness to get along with the Russian leader - in spite of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and numerous other aggressive moves in recent years - has alarmed those who view Russia as a growing threat.

Trump has also repeatedly branded himself a "nationalist", despite criticism from some that the term has negative connotations. At a news conference last week, Mr. Trump defended his use of the phrase. And you know what?

'I always prefer having direct discussion or answering questions (than) making my diplomacy through tweets, ' Macron said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria. You have globalists. I also love the world and I don't mind helping the world, but we have to straighten out our country first.

Recommended:



Popular

Armistice Day: Trump weather no-show gains more criticism
They died in the mud of the Battle of Belleau Wood , which the French later renamed "The Woods of the Marine Brigade"'. Instead, a delegation led by Chief of Staff John Kelly traveled to the cemetery 50 miles outside of Paris by vehicle .

Could star-studded Duke beat the Cavaliers?
They didn't back down against a preseason Final Four favorite, and were very much in the game until the final 10 minutes. As for former Army player and current Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski , this game surely included some conflicted emotions.

Gameplay Launch Trailer: Hitman 2
As gamers might be expecting, each upgraded edition of Hitman 2 builds on the bonuses offered by the previous tier. The time is nearly here! I can't stress enough how often the simple act of loading a save took me out of the game.

Injuries: Bengals' Bernard expected to play
I've always been a good guy, you can ask my teammates. "It's going to be fun, but I'm the opponent now". And any doubts about Bryant fitting into the locker room were addressed as well.

Dortmund twice come from behind to beat Bayern
Nelson, on loan from Arsenal, settled the matter with his sixth goal in seven league games just two minutes after coming on. Lewandowski, who'd had a goal ruled out for offside, had an injury-time equalizer ruled out through VAR, again for offside.

Troy Aikman thinks Cowboys need complete overhaul
That said, if the Cowboys can't flip their fortunes around, expect some significant changes coming in the offseason. Nonetheless, Jones said he thinks Prescott and Dallas is "completely capable" of performing at a high level.

Camp Fire in NorCal now the most destructive blaze in state history
People in Paradise, like so many in California, have become accustomed to wildfires, and many said they were well prepared. Rice also added that Trump's assertion that California's forest management policies are to blame "is dangerously wrong".

Raheem Sterling commits to Man City with 2023 deal
Players like David [Silva] and Sergio [Aguero] have done it year in year out, not just for their club but for their countries". Sterling, who was born in Marverly, St Andrew, has represented England 46 times.

Tapping Trump’s thigh, Macron seeks to defuse tensions
Trump watched on as the French president added: 'I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. The Armistice of 11 November 1918, signed between the Allies and Germany, put an official end to World War I.

Rabada and Pretorius share seven as Australia stumble to 231
But du Plessis says he takes no pleasure from the turmoil engulfing cricket in Australia ahead of Friday's one-dayer in Adelaide . Josh Hazlewood sent Hendricks packing in just the following over, with a ball that the opener just couldn't keep from edging.