World leaders, European princes and dignitaries arrived at the Orsay Museum in Paris tonight to attend a dinner as part of the Armistice Remembrance Ceremony, 100 years after the end of the First World War.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the event.
Other attendees are Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife, Princess Charlene, together with the Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde.
Earlier today, Macron and Chancellor Merkel unveiled a plaque for Franco-German reconciliation in Compiegne's forest in the north-east of France, where the ceasefire that ended the conflict was signed.
World leaders, European sovereigns and dignitaries arrived at the Orsay Museum in Paris tonight to attend a dinner as part of the Armistice Day commemoration ceremony, 100 years after the end of the First World War (depicted: Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau depicts arriving at the Orsay Museum on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for the Armistice
Earlier today, Macron and Angela Merkel (photo) revealed a plaque for Franco-German reconciliation in the Compiegne forest clearing in north-eastern France, where the ceasefire that ended the conflict was signed
Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife, Princess Charlene, arrive for a visit and dinner at the Orsay Museum on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for the Armistice
International Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, was also present at the event in Paris (photo arrived with her husband Xavier Giocanti)
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his partner Peristera Baziana. Tsipras, an outspoken socialist, leads the left Syriza party of the country
The Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan with his wife Emine. Leaders representing nations from both sides of the First World War attended the commemoration dinner
Niger's president Mahamadou Issoufou and his wife Lalla Malika Issoufou attended the event to commemorate Amistice Day
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and his wife Carmen Iohannis. Mr. Iohannis, leader of the National Liberal Party of his country, was a physics teacher and school inspector before he became politically
Prime Minister Andrej Babis (right) with his second wife Monika Babisova arrives at dinner
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his wife Andri Moustakoudes. Anastasiades was a professional lawyer before he became a politician
Macron, a centrist advocate of open borders and multilateralism, has repeatedly called the war over the last few weeks to bring home his message that the rising nationalism is again destabilizing the world.
On Sunday morning he and Merkel are accompanied by President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the main ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Paris, who will attract 70 world leaders.
The WWI commemorations come at a turning point for the liberal post-war order, with anti-immigration populists at the helm in the US and Brazil, who share power in Italy, and make strong profits in Germany, where Merkel announced her resignation in 2021 after a series of electoral setbacks.
On Saturday, she visited the site of the capitulation of Germany at the end of the First World War, the first German leader in 78 years.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien. Michel is a French speaking native speaker, but also speaks fluent Dutch and English
Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (right). Aziz, a former soldier, served as president of the African Union between 2014 and 2015
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (left) and his wife Maria Vadillo. Le Drian is a former Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs and a member of the Socialist Party of his country
Antonio Tajani (left), President of the European Parliament in Italy since January 2017, and his wife Brunella
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev (left) and his wife Desislava Radeva (right). Radev was a commander of the Bulgarian Air Force and obtained a degree in the Doctor of Military Sciences
Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri and his wife Maria Teresa Mestre. After graduating Henri followed a military officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where British officers were trained for service
President of Moldova Igor Dodon (left) and his wife Galina Dodon. Dodon was a professor of economics before he became a politician
Roch Marc Christian Kabore, president of the landlocked West African country Burkina Faso, arrives at dinner
Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, a career diplomat who has also served as Minister of Justice of his country
The forest in Compiègne is doubly symbolic, since Adolf Hitler chose the same train car in the same clearing to sign the surrender of the French on 22 June 1940 at the beginning of the Second World War.
Macron, with a cornflower in his lapel – the French equivalent of the British commemorative pope – and Merkel judged gray-clad soldiers of the Franco-German brigade, before revealing a plaque to Franco-German reconciliation.
They also visited a replica of the carriage that was destroyed during the Second World War.
The visit underlined the close ties between two countries which fought three wars between 1870 and 1945, but which are now seen as the lynchpins of peace in Western Europe.
Swiss Federal President Alain Berset (left) and his wife Muriel Zeender Berset arrive at the memorial dinner in Paris
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna. The event is on the verge of a memorial ceremony for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day
The Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (right) and his husband Gauthier Destenay arrive at the dinner in Paris