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Leaders make peace the priority - USA

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"Let us build our hopes rather than playing our fears against each other", he said.

Macron spoke bluntly of the threat from nationalism, calling it a betrayal of moral values.

"To somehow imply that nationalistic love of country is self-serving to the exclusion of others certainly doesn't apply to the US", he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the opening ceremony of the Paris Peace Forum at the Villette Conference Hall in Paris on November 11, 2018.

Macron is also set to speak later at United Nations cultural body Unesco and at the Peace Forum.

The commemoration marked the centerpiece of tributes to honor those who died during the 1914-1918 war and to commemorate the signing of the armistice that brought the fighting to an end at exactly 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.

But Trump did not broach the divide as he paid tribute Sunday to USA and allied soldiers killed in World War I during "a disgusting, terrible war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.

The message was both a call to learn the lessons of 1918, when an armistice was signed that led to another world war with two decades, and a rebuke to present-day leaders who shun the global order in favour of protectionist, nativist policies.

"One hundred years ago, the World War One, a brutal war ended, the armistice is, for the United States, anchored in our history.It is our duty to preserve peace for which our fighters had fought", he said.

"For our tomorrows, they gave their today", Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told people gathered at a ceremony in Canberra.

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.

Mr. Trump lumbered through a series of commemorations rife with complex symbolism and diplomatic pitfalls and then went out on a high note Sunday by refusing to let Mr. Macron's political barbs disturb a solemn Veterans Day tribute.

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The Paris Peace Forum, conceived by Macron, is meant to highlight the importance of worldwide institutions in helping resolve conflicts, avert wars and spread prosperity.

The Kremlin said earlier that the prospect of a full meeting between the U.S. and Russian presidents had prompted huge global media interest, leading to concern from the French organisers this could overshadow the commemorations.

Despite the show of unity at the Arc de Triomphe, tensions lurk beneath the surface.

In the fitness of things, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, together signed a guestbook inside a replica of a train where the Armistice was signed back in 1918 and held hands, a testimony that two nations that had been at war for centuries, had finally buried the hatchet.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

During the interview, the politician discussed a myriad of topics, including his thoughts on a particular tweet made by American President Donald Trump.

The comments from the French president come after Trump declared himself a nationalist last month.

Trump has been criticized for failing to visit a different American cemetery about 100 kilometres outside of Paris on Saturday.

She was hauled away by security along with two others who were stopped on the edge of the famous avenue.

French Interior minister Christophe Castaner later said President Trump's security had "in no way been threatened".

At the Suresnes American Cemetery in France, the president praised those who fought to secure a "great", but "costly" victory, ending the "brutal" World War I.

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