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A stand is set up in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris ahead of ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I Leaders mark 100 years since end of World War I with solemn ceremonies
Patty Aguilar | 12 November, 2018, 18:00

World leaders with the power to make war but a duty to preserve peace solemnly marked the end of World War I's slaughter 100 years ago at commemorations Sunday that drove home the message "never again" but also exposed the globe's new political fault lines.

In his remarks at the cemetery, Trump said, "The American and French patriots of World War I embody the timeless virtues of our two republics".

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

President Donald Trump, a leader who has proudly declared himself a "nationalist" and advocated an "America First" approach, joined dozens of other world leaders Sunday at a ceremony focused on worldwide cooperation to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

In the presence of US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of princes, monarchs, presidents and prime ministers, Macron also talked about patriotism and nationalism. Putin also flashed Trump a thumbs-up sign and patted Trump's arm. He also flashed Trump a thumbs up, which is something of a signature move of the United States president during photo-ops.

"By putting our own interests first, with no regard to others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds dearest, and the thing that keeps it alive: its moral values", Macron said.

Trump has reportedly called himself a nationalist.

'Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.

"Old demons are reawakening, ready to sow chaos and death", he said, warning of how ideology, religion and a disregard for facts could be exploited.

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He denounced fringe ideologies that have become more mainstream, warping religious beliefs and setting loose extremist forces on a "sinister course once again that could undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had forever sealed".

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French President Emmanuel Macron confronted fellow world leaders with an uncompromising validation of global cooperation, calling on them to work together to maintain peace and avoid the spiral of war that marked the Armistice signed 100 years ago.

As bells marking the armistice hour rang across Paris and in many nations ravaged by the four years of carnage, Macron and other leaders were still on their way to the centennial site at the Arc de Triomphe.

Mr. 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 - has alarmed America's European allies, who view Russia as a growing threat.

On Saturday, the White House scrapped the president's visit to a ceremony for fallen American soldiers at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, about 50 miles (80km) from Paris, saying rainy conditions made it unsafe to fly there via helicopter as planned.

Among those in attendance were both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, World War II veterans, military leaders and congressmen, The Hill reported.

Macron stood to attention as a military band played the Marseillaise, the French national anthem, before walking through the rain to inspect troops.

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