Thursday, 13 December, 2018

'Nationalism Is a Betrayal of Patriotism,' France's Macron Says

Emmanuel Macron said a European force could rapidly mount a joint military operation Emmanuel Macron said a European force could rapidly mount a joint military operation
Freda Brock | 11 November, 2018, 22:48

Remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of chemical weapons, the conflict pitted the armies of France, the British empire, Russian Federation and the US against a German-led coalition that included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.

The leaders of France, Germany and Canada managed to travel to various commemorations in France marking a century since the end of the war that killed nearly 10 million soldiers and many more civilians.

But decades later, as living memories fade of the trenches and the poison gas, nationalism is on the rise.

Even as he showed unity with his European allies, however, Macron rebuked Trump's own "America first" positioning and recent statements describing himself as a "nationalist".

President Trump joined French leader Emmanuel Macron on Sunday as almost 70 world leaders gathered in Paris to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

After a meeting at the Elysée Palace, Mr Macron said he agreed that Europe should pay more. "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism". "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".

"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. 'History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again'.

Populism and nationalism are gaining in popularity, while countries are putting up barriers against globalization, she said.

Upon shaking hands, Putin flashed Trump a quick thumbs up in a moment caught on video.

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled a plaque at the spot where World War I was officially ended.

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As Trump's convoy was making its way up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, a bare-breasted protester from the Femen radical feminist group ran towards his motorcade, coming within a few metres, before being apprehended by police.

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Even outside the evacuation zone, the impact of the fire was being felt by others in the entertainment industry. Kim's older sister Kourtney was also forced to evacuate from her Calabasas home.

A balloon depicting the US President Donald Trump wearing a diaper, flies over the heads of people protesting against the US leader at the Place de la Republique in central Paris.

After his visit to the town of Compiegne, where Germany and France signed the 1918 armistice, Macron posted a photo of the two leaders at the site with a single word - "Unis" - which is French for "united".

As for the USA re-imposed sanctions on Iran, the French source revealed that president Trump assured his French counterpart of the effectiveness of these sanctions.

"We want a strong Europe", said Trump.

His actions have raised questions about the state of longstanding USA relationships.

Taking the stage to applause at the Paris Peace Forum, Macron avoided presenting the weekend's event as a success. There, he and British Prime Minister Theresa May together laid a wreath on Friday.

Macron defended his viewpoint, saying "I do share President Trump's views that we need a much better burden-sharing with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and that's why I do believe that my proposal for a European defense" is "utterly consistent with that".

Rain on Saturday forced the cancellation of Trump's helicopter trip to a different American cemetery in France.

Mr Trump will then visit and deliver Veterans Day remarks at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial outside Paris where more than 1,500 Americans are buried.

During a speech near the Arc de Triomphe honoring the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Macron appeared to take a jab at Trump for his policies.

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