PARIS, November 11: President Donald Trump joined French President Emmanuel Macron and dozens of other world leaders on Sunday to the mark 100 years since the end of World War I.
More than 66 leaders gathered on a rainy day in Paris a century after guns fell silent in a global war that killed millions.
Trump was accompanied by first lady Melania Trump at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe.
As he was arriving, at least one woman ran out towards the presidential motorcade with slogans – including the word FAKE – written on her chests. The woman was tackled by police and the motorcade continued uninterrupted.
France was the epicentre of the first global conflict. Its role as host of the main international commemoration highlighted the point that the world mustn’t stumble into war again, as it did so quickly and catastrophically with World War II.
Trump later was attending a leaders’ lunch hosted by Macron. Afterwards, he planned to visit and deliver Veterans day remarks at the suresnes American cemetery and memorial outside Paris where more than 1,500 Americans who died during the war are buried.
Trump had been scheduled to visit a different American cemetery outside of Paris on Saturday, but rain grounded the helicopter Trump had planned to take, so he canceled the trip.
French President urges world leaders at WWI ceremony to ‘build hope, not fear’
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday urged dozens of world leaders marking a century since the end of World War I to come together for a joint “fight for peace”.
“Let us build our hopes rather than playing our fears against each other,” he told leaders gathered at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Speaking to an audience that included US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, he called for leaders to fight “withdrawal, violence and domination”.
“Together, we can ward off threats — the spectre of global warming and the destruction of the environment, poverty, hunger, disease, inequalities, ignorance.” After spending a week touring the former battlefields of northern France, he urged leaders not to forget the slaughter, “one hundred years after a massacre whose scars are still visible on the face of the world”. (AP/PTI)