Trump has ignored the forum for peace in Paris

Saul Bowman
November 14, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday he had a brief but good conversation with U.S. leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian media reported.

As the US president, Trump was given a front-row-center seat Sunday among the other leaders, receiving a hearty handshake from Macron and a thumbs up from Russian President Vladimir Putin after Trump took his place under a temporary viewing structure that protected them from rain.

"I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface", added Macron.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism".

Last month Trump sparked concerns globally when he said he would ditch the INF pact, as Putin warned that abandoning the treaty would unleash a new arms race and put Europe in danger.

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

Donald Trump, ostensibly the main target of Macron's message, sat stony-faced. He later described the commemoration as "very handsome".

World leaders at a World War I commemoration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday.

Ceremonies in New Zealand and Australia marked the start of the November 11 memorial events across the world, and huge crowds paid tribute to the more than 80,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in the Great War. "The whole world owes this moment of real joy to the heroes who are not here to help enjoy it".

The Paris weather - grey and damp - seemed aptly fitting when remembering a war fought in mud and relentless horror.

Mr Macron recalled that one billion shells fell on France alone from 1914 to 1918.

Despite these measures, a protester from the radical feminist group Femen managed to jump over a barricade and got within metres of Trump's motorcade as he made his way up the Champs-Elysees.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that French President Emmanuel Macron personally asked that Trump and Putin not meet.


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 interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was positioned in pride of place between Trump and Macron, an eloquent symbol of victors and vanquished now standing together, shoulder to shoulder.

Overhead, fighter jets ripped through the sky, trailing red, white and blue smoke.

The smile prompted more than a few criticisms from online commentators.

About 250,000 underage British soldiers fought in the War.

Those countries lost tens of thousands of soldiers far away in Europe and, most memorably in the brutal 1915 battle of Gallipoli, in Turkey.

Prince Charles laid a wreath at the memorial on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II - who watched on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Britain had 880,000 military dead in the war.

Up to 1,500 anti-Trump protesters held a demonstration at Place de la Republique square in eastern Paris on Sunday, at which the giant "Baby Blimp" balloon depicting the USA president as an infant was flown, following previous appearances in London and NY.

As Trump prepared to leave France, Macron opened the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, which seeks to promote a multilateral approach to security and governance and ultimately avoid the errors that led to the outbreak of World War One. He later visited another American cemetery, this one closer to Paris, to lay a wreath and deliver his own speech.

The Veterans Day speech came a day after Mr. Trump was criticized for failing to visit a different American cemetery about 60 miles outside of Paris Saturday because rain grounded the helicopter he had planned to take.

This year, out of a total 850 projects from 116 countries, under five themes-peace and security, environment, development, new technologies, and inclusive economy-which were considered for inclusion in the Forum, 120 projects from 42 countries and 10 global organizations were finally selected.

Nearly 10 million soldiers died, sometimes tens of thousands on a single day. The White House has also been cool about bringing the two leaders together amid the political pressure in Washington over alleged Russian meddling in USA elections.

"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russian Federation".

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. Its role as host of the main worldwide commemoration highlighted the point that the world mustn't stumble into war again, as it did so quickly and catastrophically with World War II.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER