Donald Trump ignores Emmanuel Macron 'nationalism' dig, honors veterans in France

‘Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,’ says France’s Emmanuel Macron at World War I commemoration

Addressing leaders in Paris - including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin - he described it as a "betrayal of patriotism".

He and first lady Melania Trump had planned to visit the memorial for American marines near the Belleau Wood battlefield on Saturday afternoon, however their program was nixed at the last minute due to a storm that would have prevented them from helicoptering to the site that's more than an hour's drive from Paris.

There was no immediate response from either the White House or the Kremlin to Macron's comments.

Solemn ceremonies took place around the world Sunday to mark 100 years to the day since the Armistice that saw the end of World War I.

Bells tolled across Europe's Western Front and fighter jets passed overhead to mark the exact moment the devastating war came to a close.

Mr Trump, who proudly declares himself a "nationalist", stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

They then headed to the first Paris Peace Forum, without such leaders as U.S. President Donald Trump who attended the American commemoration ceremony at Suresnes Cemetery.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited security protocols for the presidential motorcade's solo trip down the grand Champs-Élysées, which was closed to traffic. On the way to the ceremony, topless protesters from the Femen group ran into the street toward his motorcade before being detained by police.

The president did not show an immediate reply, sitting quietly, often with his head down during Macron's speech.

RIA Novosti reported Putin as replying in the affirmative when asked if he was able to talk with Trump in a meeting at the Élysée Palace with other foreign leaders.

The commemoration is the centrepiece of global tributes to honour those who died during the 1914-18 war and to commemorate the signing of the Armistice that brought the fighting to an end at 11am on November 11, 1918. Trump didn't attend, and left Paris on Air Force One shortly after the forum began. You know what I am? And I say, really, we're not supposed to use that word. "We have a lot of problems".

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 in recent years - has alarmed those who view Russia as a growing threat.

Mr Putin meanwhile, said he and Mr Trump - at odds over Washington's sanctions and the abandonment of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty - had a brief but positive conversation during the centenary commemoration events.

Some took the opportunity to mock Trump's continued chummy relationship with the Russian leader.

French President Emmanuel Macron admitted on Sunday that the European nations have so far failed to provide a viable alternative to the U.S. dollar, and are excessively dependent on the American currency. According to RT, Putin added that the chat was "good".

The Chairman of the party Alexander Gauland harshly criticized the arrival of the Chancellor of France, as the anniversary of the First world war in Paris was intended only for "winners", and Germany was there to remember just dashing in short, the politician believes.

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