Emmanuel Macron Invites King Mohammed VI to WWI Commemoration


Macron invited several other world leaders, including Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to Paris’ Elysee Palace to attend a ceremony commemorating the end of World War 1 on November 11, 1918.

The celebration is scheduled to start on Saturday. The palace will host a banquet honoring the world leaders and a Picasso art exhibition in the Musee d’Orsay of Paris.

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A meeting amid political tensions

Trump and Macron met on Saturday morning, following social media tension between the two presidents.

Trump took offense when his French counterpart proposed that Europe create its own continental military force, considering it “very insulting” in a tweet on Friday.

Trump wrote: “President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia. Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!”

“We can’t defend Europe if we don’t have a real European army,” he said. “We must have a Europe that can defend itself more, without just relying on the U.S.”

A possible confrontation between Trump and Turkish President Erdogan over the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is also anticipated during the meeting.