(YAHOO) French President Emmanuel Macron confronted fellow world leaders with a call for international cooperation, as he marked the centenary of the end of World War I with a denunciation of isolationism.
Standing in the Paris drizzle just feet from leaders including Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, Macron used the culmination of a ceremony commemorating the 1918 Armistice to blast ideologies the U.S. leader has embraced.
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism, nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” Macron said. “In saying ‘our interests first and who cares about the others,’ we erase what a nation has that’s most precious, what makes it live, what is most important: its moral values.”
Macron’s message was both a call to learn the lessons of 1918, when the fragile peace gave way to another world war within two decades, and a rebuke to present-day leaders such as Trump who shun the international order in favor of nationalist policies.
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