Macron, who has been urging a re-embrace of multinational organizations and cooperation that have been shunned by Trump, delivered a barely veiled rebuke of Trumpism at the weekend's centerpiece event: A gathering of dozens of leaders at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe to mark the passage of a century since the guns fell silent in a global war that killed millions.
"The old demons are rising again".
"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism".
BEARDSLEY: As Macron spoke, Trump sat stony-faced, or one French newspaper put it, pouting and indifferent.
Merkel has also stood in opposition to Trump's worldview, promising common cause and unity with Macron during a ceremony Saturday meant to show reconciliation between the former adversaries. He later described the commemoration as "very attractive".
Justin Trudeau didn't publicly shame Donald Trump for bailing on a rainy First World War memorial ceremony over the weekend, but that didn't stop observers from inferring that Trump could learn something from the prime minister's perspective on inclement weather.
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Under a sea of black umbrellas, a line of leaders led by Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte marched in silence on the cobbles of the Champs-Elysees, after leaving their buses. He repeated his calls for a "true European army" as part of a drive for greater continental autonomy to defend against China, Russia - and an increasingly unreliable U.S. Trump, moments after landing in Paris, described the comment as "insulting". In the current condition of relations between Russia and the United States, meetings between the leaders of the two nuclear superpowers first of all should not bring the Russian-American relations to an even greater deterioration, as it happened after the meetings in Hamburg in July 2017 and in Helsinki in July 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was positioned in pride of place between Mr Trump and Mr Macron, an eloquent symbol of victors and vanquished now standing together, shoulder to shoulder.
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 1915 battle of Gallipoli, in Turkey.
Trump's continued complaints about France and Macron struck a nerve with some in the European nation, especially since the president's latest broadsides came on the third anniversary of the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in 2015. He said the USA pays billions "protecting other countries, and we get nothing but Trade Deficits and Losses". The president did go ahead with a trip and speech in the rain Sunday at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial just outside Paris.
"In a context of challenges to multilateralism, we reaffirm our commitment to existing global organizations as well as our determination to allow them to be even more representative of the worldwide community and shared values", wrote Macron and the heads of global organizations in a joint statement published at the end of the first day of the Paris Peace Forum which opened Sunday.
In Asia, Trump's decision not to attend a two annual Asia summits this month - the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea and East Asia meeting in Singapore - raises questions about USA reliability among allies there. It was a Serb teenager, Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in Sarajevo in 1914 to set off events which led to the outbreak of war.