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He said Mr Macron's anti-nationalism speech was heavily directed towards US President Donald Trump. He said this decision was made in consultation with American officials.

Europe feels deeply threatened, meanwhile, by Trump's declared plan to pull the USA out a nuclear treaty with Russian Federation that Europeans see as a cornerstone of post-Cold War peace and their own security.

Another sore point for Macron and Trump: the question of a joint European army, which Macron has championed but which could overlap with the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

"President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russian Federation", the US president tweeted, referring to remarks made by Macron three days earlier.

The tense exchange with Trump is just the latest challenge for Macron, who was seen as a bulwark against rising European nationalism when he was elected a year ago.

French President Emmanuel Macron sought to defuse a row with USA counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday, hailing the "great solidarity" between their countries after Trump blasted his proposals for a European army.

Trump was among more than 66 leaders gathered on a rainy day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc de Triomphe a century after guns fell silent in a global war that killed millions. Macron has pushed the idea of a European army.

Trump arrived without his wife, Melania, who is visiting Versailles Sunday with Macron's wife, Brigitte Macron.

One of dozens of world leaders attending World War I commemorations in France this weekend, Trump tweeted after landing in Paris that Macron's call for a "real European army" was "insulting".

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The menu: lobster from Brittany, France's iconic Bresse chicken, and potatoes from the Somme, in a nod to one of the war's deadliest battles.

A security breach occurred as the presidential motorcade traveled down the grand Champs-Élysées, which was closed to traffic.

A group of about 50 activist groups plan to hold a protest in Paris against his visit later.

Femen's topless protesters have repeatedly breached security around world leaders and major events. Putin shook Trump's hand, flashed him a thumbs-up sign and patted Trump's arm.

He also greeted several other leaders sitting in the front row, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Cadets form the NY military academy wait near the Arc de Triomphe Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Paris.

Earlier on Sunday, just before the leaders assembled, a topless female protester with the words "fake peacemaker" written on her chest came within a few metres of the United States president's motorcade before being apprehended.

Police tackled the woman and the motorcade continued uninterrupted.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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