Macron speaks before Peace Forum attended by world leaders

Trump condemned for cancelling France cemetery visit due to weather

Trump condemned for cancelling France cemetery visit due to weather

The speech was the final stop of the president's brief trip to Paris to commemorate the anniversary.

Earlier Saturday, Trump and Macron discussed their differences about European security.

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

In a glass canopy at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, Trump, Merkel, Macron, Putin and the other leaders listened through earpieces as the French president spoke. Military jets streaked overhead, emitting red, white and blue smoke, the colors of France.

Also in attendance at the memorial in Paris was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Macron did point out similarities between himself and Trump, explaining that neither of them rose through the ranks as "classical politicians".

Trump had begun the short trip to Paris by laying into Macron for his European army proposal but had calmed down by the time the two leaders met Saturday for extended talks. The private conversation lasted about 45 minutes.

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

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 was accompanied by the first lady, Melania Trump, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe.

Police tackled the women and the motorcade continued uninterrupted. The feminist activist group Femen later claimed responsibility.

In Britain, Queen Elizabeth II is expected to attend a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday at the Cenotaph in central London. Trump responded with a wide smile.

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Putin added he would likely have a full-blown meeting with Trump "on the sidelines of the G20 or later", referring to a summit scheduled to be held in Argentina at the end of this month.

With so many leaders in Paris, the commemoration also provoked a flurry of diplomacy on the sidelines, with conflict in Yemen and Syria among the hot-button issues.

The ceremony, to remember the millions who died in the war, including colonial troops fighting for European powers, had a deliberately global flavour.

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

The two leaders appeared to make up as the weekend got under way. Putin was seated next to Trump at the luncheon, Russia's state-run RIA Novosti reported.

"You know, they have a word - it's sort of become old-fashioned - it's called a nationalist".

A cemetery employee walks between graves of American service members killed during World War I at the American Cemetery in Suresnes, on the outskirts of Paris, Nov. 9, 2018. "We have a lot of problems".

"It is our duty to preserve the civilisation they defended", Trump said of the 1541 buried there.

The White House blamed the schedule change on bad weather and security concerns.

In the end, more than five dozen world leaders accepted Macron's invitation to Paris for the Peace Forum, an attempt to revive multilateralism. Afterward he headed back to Washington.

Those millions of soldiers who died in the Great War fought to defend the "universal values" of France, Macron said, and to reject the "selfishness of nations only looking after their own interests". At the war's end, the USA had 2 million troops in Europe and another 2 million ready to cross the Atlantic if needed, a force that turned the United States into a major military power whose soldiers then fought and died again for Europe in World War II.

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