Donald and Melania Trump attend WWI commemoration after other world leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice

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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hug after unveiling a plaque in a French-German ceremony in Rethondes, France, on November 10, as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the November 1918 armistice, which ended World War I. The two leaders seek to preserve a West-led social democratic order that they feel is threatened both at home and overseas.

"This was a war in which India was not directly involved yet our soldiers fought world over, just for the cause of peace", said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.

While Macron has repeatedly emphasised the need for a global order and rejection of nationalism.

"I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface", added Macron.

"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism".

"Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism".

As bells marking the armistice hour started ringing out across Paris and in many nations hit by the four years of slaughter, French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders were still on their way to the centennial site at the Arc de Triomphe.

"By pursuing our own interests first, with no regard to others', we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values". "They are ready to wreak chaos and death".

"History sometimes threatens to repeat its tragic patterns, and undermine the legacy of peace we thought we had sealed with the blood of our ancestors", he said.

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Trump's arrival wasn't as smooth as expected, being disrupted by a topless protester who ran towards the US President's motorcade as it was approaching the Arc de Triomphe. Some 117,000 American military personnel died in World War I. She had slogans, included the words "Fake" and "Peace", written on her chest.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump intend to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of this month.

In the four years of fighting, remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of gas, France, the British empire, Russian Federation and the United States had the main armies opposing a German-led coalition that also included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.

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.

The service concluded with the bugle call that was played at 11.00 am on November 11, 1918 to signal the end of fighting on the Western Front.

Trump arrived fresh off midterm elections in which his party lost control of the House of Representatives even as it kept control of the Senate.

Prince Charles laid a wreath at the memorial on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II - who watched on from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

"Today at lunch, the President sat with President Macron, Chancellor Merkel, and President Putin, and many other world leaders", Sanders told reporters traveling with the President.

Macron said that the meeting of 84 world leaders at a ceremony in Paris to commemorate the armistice is a historic moment.

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