Trump attends WWI Centenary in Paris, as France warns against threats to Europe

The American president Donald Trump visits France this week together with dozens of other world leaders for ceremonies on the occasion of the centenary of the ceasefire, which ended the fighting in the First World War.

His journey comes because relations between the United States and many of his allies remain tense. French President Emmanuel Macron warned that the geopolitical climate is reminiscent of the building of the world wars.

During a visit to battlefields in wartime in the east and north of France this week prior to Sunday's armistice rides, President Macron warned of continuing threats to Europe, saying that the continent must create its own army.

"We must protect ourselves against China, Russia and even the United States, when I see President Trump announcing a withdrawal from a major disarmament treaty that was adopted in the mid-1980s amid the rocket crisis that hit Europe, who is the biggest victim will be Europe and its security, "Macron told France's Europe 1 radio station.

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French officials said that relations with the US would not be affected by President Trump's Republican party, which lost control of the House of Representatives during the recent mid-term elections.

The US president will hold talks with Macron on Saturday. It is not clear whether a rumors meeting between Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will continue.

President Trump will later visit Belleau Wood, a scene of one of the most ferocious battles fought by American troops during the war. More than 1,800 American soldiers were killed when they attacked German positions. Many of the battles were battles between men and women. After more than three weeks of fighting American troops took Belleau Wood on June 26, 1918. Historian Jean-Michel Steg says that the courage of the American marines is legendary.

A damaged cannon is exhibited in the middle of Belleau Wood behind the American cemetery Aisne-Marne dedicated to American soldiers killed in the Belleau Wood battle during the First World War in Belleau, France, November 6, 2018.

"They were confronted as we will see through intense enemy fire, rather than diving, instead of retreating, which by the time of the war had been the normal attitude of troops and waiting for the artillery barrage to freeing them, they argued. "

By the end of the war, more than 116,000 American troops had died to defend Europe. More than 14,000 are buried at the American cemetery Meuse-Argonne, the largest in the continent.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the international memorial "Ring of Memory" at the French war cemetery Notre Dame de Lorette at Arras, France, 8 November 2018.

Chief Inspector Bruce Malone is responsible for the maintenance of the cemetery and other monuments on the battlefield. He says that although the transatlantic ties are tense, the alliance stands firm.

"Relationships between these forces are not always easy, and there are reasons for that, but when you leave here, where the people in these villages remember, there is a great respect for the American soldier," he said.

The nearby museum "Romagne 14-18" depicts life for soldiers in the front line with the help of thousands of objects recovered from the battlefields, most of them by founder Jean-Paul de Vries. His grandfather fought on the front line for four years.

"What I'm trying to show to visitors in this museum is that if you take out these helmets, it's all the same – they're all human beings," he told VOA.

A veteran visits the Memorial grounds at Westminster Abbey in London, 8 November 2018.

A veteran visits the Memorial grounds at Westminster Abbey in London, 8 November 2018.

Forty million people were killed on all sides during the conflict. They will be remembered on Sunday during the armistice ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, attended by dozens of world leaders.

President Trump will later attend a separate Veteran's Day ceremony at an American cemetery.