- Al Jazeera English Published on Nov 11, 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron has urged dozens of world leaders marking a century since the end of World War I to come together in a”fight for peace”. Addressing about 70 leaders in Paris, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, he urged world leaders to reject nationalism, describing it as a “betrayal of patriotism”.
- Macron preaches peace to world leaders gathered for WWI centenary
by Pol O Gradaigh, http://www.dpa-international.com/
Paris (dpa) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday made an appeal for peace and cooperation to some 65 world leaders gathered in Paris to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I.
Warning of “ancient demons” and new ideologies that were threatening peace and co-existence, Macron urged his guests to act together to “banish the spectres of climate change, poverty, hunger, illness, all the inequalities and every ignorance.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump were among those assembled at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe for the solemn ceremony.
Macron and his wife, Brigitte; Merkel; and King Mohammed VI of Morocco walked side by side up the Champs-Elysees in the rain as bells rang out across Paris to mark the moment at 11 am on November 11, 1918 when the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
Trump and Putin arrived separately shortly afterwards. Minutes earlier, a topless protester had vaulted barriers on the Champs-Elysee and run towards the US leader’s cortege before a gendarme caught up with her and wrestled her away.