Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Putin says he had good conversation with Trump in Paris: Russian media

Putin says he had good conversation with Trump in Paris: Russian media

The women, who were topless, had slogans written on them including "Fake", "Peace" and "Fake Peacemakers" as they broke through barriers on the Champs-Élysées. The woman was tackled by police and the motorcade continued uninterrupted.

The French branch of the feminist activist group, which famously interrupts some high profile political events, tweeted after the security breach: "A Femen activist in front of Trump's vehicle, going up the Champs Elysees, denouncing the hypocrisy of this November 11th ceremony".

Russian officials said the French had been the ones to ask that no separate Trump-Putin meeting be arranged Sunday in order not to distract from the solemn commemorations.

The US President joined French President Emmanuel Macron at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, to mark 100 years since the end of the war.

The ceremony included a speech by French President Emmanuel Macron aimed directly at the rising tide of populism in the United States and Europe.

Trump on Saturday skipped a planned visit to Belleau Wood battlefield and cemetery because of heavy rain, sparking a storm of criticism for what some saw as disrespect to veterans.

Sunday, Macron rebuked nationalism in perhaps another dig at Trump who has been vocal about his "America First" agenda.

Macron has attempted to stand as a vocal counterweight to Trump, who recently called himself a "nationalist" and has moved to set the United States apart from global treaties, including the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accord ad a U.N. program for refugees. The feminist activist group Femen later claimed responsibility.

Apart from Mr Trump's typical detractors at home, some of the fiercest criticism over Saturday's no-show came from Europe's strongest supporters of the USA alliance.

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"We as French, we as Europeans - I think we don't value enough the effort made by the Canadians", Rispal said in an interview Friday.

The spat was the latest the two leaders, who struck up a warm relationship initially but have clashed over a growing list of issues, including Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the 2015 Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal.

"You know, they have a word - it's sort of become old-fashioned - it's called a nationalist". You have globalists. I also love the world and I don't mind helping the world, but we have to straighten out our country first.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other White House personnel attended Saturday's ceremony. "We have a lot of problems".

Putin shook hands on arrival with Trump, and Trump also shook hands with Merkel and some of the other leaders placed next to him, but pointedly did not extend a hand to Trudeau, whom he disparaged earlier this year as "dishonest and weak". Trump's eagerness to get along with the Russian leader - in spite of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and numerous other aggressive moves in recent years - has alarmed those who view Russia as a growing threat.

It came a day after Macron and Trump said they'd patched up differences over a twitter tussle, even as the showy friendliness of their past encounters was replaced by a stiffer interaction. Mr Trump sat across the table from Mr Putin, who instead talked to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the spokesman said.

The German chancellor will be first to speak Sunday afternoon at a Forum for Peace which Macron hopes will help foster multilateralism.

Donald Trump has been resoundingly criticized for not taking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I seriously.

Abroad, though, the equivalent of any modern USA president's base - the network of alliances built up through two World Wars and beyond - appears more fragile.

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