Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump, after visit, slams France’s Macron as relations sour

Trump, after visit, slams France’s Macron as relations sour

"The American and French patriots of World War I embody the timeless virtues of our two republics: honor and courage, strength and valor, love and loyalty, grace and glory", President Trump said.

Asked about Mr Trump's tweets, a key adviser to Mr Macron said the French President had briefed Mr Trump and his chief of staff during the Paris trip to reassure them "that France is not about to make a choice between a European defence system and a multilateral approach". They are ready to wreak chaos and death, ' he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the Tomb of the Unknown soldier during in a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France on Sunday. "By saying, 'Our interests first, who cares about the others, ' we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what gives it grace and what is essential: its moral values".

While Macron was once seen as President Trump's closest friend in the European Union, their latest public spat shows neither leader is afraid to push back on the other.

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Macron's speech was full of literary allusions, including to the French poets Guillaume Apollinaire and Charles Péguy, both of whom served in World War I.

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.

Celia Belin, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote that the forum was part of a broader effort by the worldwide community to find "new approaches to save global cooperation".

Meanwhile, Macron has repeatedly emphasised the need for a global order and the rejection of nationalism. The comments were the latest hint that European leaders were looking to wean themselves off an overreliance on US support.

On Saturday, in a rare public display of emotion by the leaders of two world powers, Macron and Merkel held hands on Saturday during a poignant ceremony in the Compiegne Forest, north of Paris, where French and German delegations signed the Armistice that ended the war.

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"The concern I have is that blinkered nationalist views may gain ground once again", Merkel said, warning that people were calling the "European peace project" into question.

On Sunday, Trump is scheduled to visit a cemetery in the Paris suburb of Suresnes.

At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a "nationalist" stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

The Veterans Day speech came a day after Trump was criticized for failing to visit a different American cemetery about 60 miles (100 kilometers) outside of Paris on Saturday because rain grounded the helicopter he had planned to take.

Elsewhere, ceremonies in New Zealand, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Myanmar began a day of remembrance services around the world for a conflict that involved millions of troops from colonised countries in Asia and Africa.

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