World leaders in Paris for World war one centenary

World leaders in Paris for World war one centenary

World leaders in Paris for World war one centenary

Written by Reuters

11 Nov, 2018 | 6:57 pm

Reuters – World leaders gathered at the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday (November 11) for a commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that brought World War One to an end.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of monarchs, princes, presidents, and prime ministers joined French President Emmanuel Macron to mark the moment guns fell silent across Europe a century ago.

The commemoration is the centerpiece of global tributes to honour the 10 million soldiers killed during the 1914-18 war and mark the moment the Armistice, signed in northeastern France, came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

In a glass canopy at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, built by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, Trump, Merkel, Macron, Putin and the other leaders listened through earpieces as the French president spoke. Putin, who was last to arrive at the ceremony, gave Trump a brief thumbs up as he greeted them.

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