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Armistice Day: Macron urges world leaders to reject nationalism


French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders marking the centenary of the World War One Armistice to reject nationalism.

Addressing about 70 leaders in Paris - including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin - he called on them to "fight for peace".

"Let us build our hopes rather than playing our fears against each other," he said.

Many other events have been taking place around the world.

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Some 9.7 million soldiers and 10 million civilians died in World War One, which lasted from 1914 to 1918.

Mr Macron and dignitaries marched to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a memorial to France's fallen under the Arc de Triomphe, in the rain under black umbrellas as church bells tolled through the city.

In a speech lasting nearly 20 minutes, the French leader urged his fellow leaders not to forget the lessons of the past.

Mr Macron urged leaders to "fight for peace"

"Ruining this hope with a fascination for withdrawal, violence or domination would be a mistake for which future generations would rightly find us responsible," he added.

He described nationalism as a "betrayal of patriotism".

The service ended with the bugle call that was played at 11:00 on 11 November 1918 to signal the end of hostilities on the Western Front.

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Tracey (L) and Katherine Meeten, dressed as nurses, look at crosses in the Fields of Remembrance in Auckland, New Zealand

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Via BBC

My view: Trump is a Nationalist, so Macron's message seemed aimed at the president and other far-right parties.