DIRECT. Merkel and Macron commemorate the Armistice in Rethondes

DIRECT. Merkel and Macron commemorate the Armistice in Rethondes

Delegations from around the world are in Paris this weekend to celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

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4:20 p.m.. Macron satisfied with his interview with Trump. The French president summarized the content of the exchanges on Twitter. "We have decided, President Trump and I, to work together for the stability of the Middle East, which will have positive consequences for the price of oil," he said first.

He then spoke of a "fruitful and dense conversation on the fight against terrorism, European defense, Iran, Syria, the Gulf, Libya and many other topics of common interest to France and the United States. United. Not a word, however, about the imbroglio around the European army project.

4:15 p.m.. "Never again ". This sober and speechless ceremony also saw the two leaders talking to a group of young people. Mr. Macron told them of the need, according to him, to be "at the height" of what the contemporaries of the Great War proclaimed: "Never again! ". We must "give nothing to the sad passions, the temptations of division," said the French president, repeating his political message for more cooperation in a Europe where voters are turning more and more towards currents hostile to European integration.

4:10 p.m.. A journalist from Le Monde, a permanent correspondent in Germany, says he can not follow the ceremony live. Sign that the media coverage of this day is very different from one country to another.

4:05 p.m.. Before leaving, they also signed this document.

4:02 p.m.. They are currently consulting the Armistice Guestbook, both sitting in the dining car.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel in the dining car of Rethondes. (Screenshot) ./ BFMTV

16:00. This is the first time since 1945 that the French president and the head of the German government meet in this memorial.

3:50 p.m.. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron unveiled a new plaque reaffirming "the value of Franco-German reconciliation in the service of Europe and peace".

3:45 p.m.. Angela Merkel arrived with a slight delay. The ceremony will begin.

15:30. Macron and Merkel in Rethondes. The German Chancellor will be welcomed in the coming minutes by Emmanuel Macron on the scene of the signing of the armistice in the clearing of Rethondes, Compiegne (Oise). It is here that November 11, 1918 was signed in a wagon-restaurant armistice ending the First World War.

The armistice signed at Rethondes. Plenipotentiaries allied with the descent of the wagon. From left to right, 1st row: Admiral Hope, General Weygang, Admiral Wemyss, Marshal Foch, Captain Marriot11 November 1918France – First World WarParis, National LibraryColorized Photography / Photo12

2:56 p.m.. Justin Trudeau in the Pas-de-Calais. The Prime Minister of Canada traveled to Vimy Ridge (Pas-de-Calais), home of Canada's National Memorial, to honor the memory of some 60,000 Canadian soldiers who died in the 14-18 conflict.

Justin Trudeau and Minister of Veterans Affairs Seamus O'Regan this Saturday in Vimy. / AFP

2:37 p.m.. Ceremony held at the Bois Belleau American cemetery. Despite the absence of President Trump because of bad weather, a tribute will still be made this Saturday afternoon to the thousands of American soldiers who fell during the First World War.

2:35 p.m.. Several metro stations likely to close this Saturday. The Solférino and Rue du Bac stations (line 12), as well as the Orsay RER station are likely to close from 16 hours. Correspondence will be assured.

2:26 p.m.. A brief scheduled meeting between Trump and Putin. The Russian President and his American counterpart will informally discuss the 11th of November in Paris.

2:10 p.m.. A conciliatory Macron with Trump. In the wake of a very aggressive tweet from the US president, who took offense at seeing his country treated as a threat to European security, the French president insisted more on the efforts to be made to bring France and the United States closer together. Summary of what the two men said to themselves this Saturday.

1:42 p.m.. What will Trump do in the afternoon? Mystery. We just know that the American president must meet several heads of state tonight for a dinner at the Quai d'Orsay …

1:08 p.m.. The American president will not go to the Bois Belleau American cemetery. Because of the bad weather, this stage of Donald Trump's program is canceled, says AFP. "Due to bad weather, the helicopter of the US Head of State is unable to land" in the Aisne, reports France 3.

12:12. Brigitte Macron welcomes Melania Trump. The two women meet on the steps of the Elysee. Melania Trump is dressed in black.

12:05. Angela Merkel expected in Rethondes. The German Chancellor and President Macron will be this Saturday at 15:30 on the scene of the signing of the armistice in the clearing of Rethondes, Compiegne (Oise). It is here that November 11, 1918 was signed in a wagon-restaurant armistice ending the First World War.

11:40. European defense: the Elysée evokes a "confusion". "The European army" advocated by Emmanuel Macron does not target the United States, says the French Presidency in a statement. The Elysee evokes a "confusion" in the interpretation of the words of the French president that triggered the fury of Donald Trump.

11:27. Richard Ferrand mocks "a commercial traveler's words." The president of the National Assembly did not like the tweet of Donald Trump. This tweet "is a commercial traveler who, in a way, wants to focus on the interests of American arms sales where we want to make sure that there is a Europe (…) able to control their defense autonomy and to have their own suppliers to defend themselves, "he says on Europe1.

11:11. Defense: other countries must "put their hands in their pockets". Donald Trump repeats his call to allies to participate more in the NATO budget. Emmanuel Macron claims to be in agreement with this idea.

"The most important thing is that our relationship is fair. The United States has paid to protect Europe and it is not fair. We want to help but there are other countries that need to get their hands dirty, "said President Trump.

Emmanuel Macron agrees: "It is not fair that European security today is funded solely by the United States. We need to better allocate defense funding, which is why we need better European defense ". Donald Trump seems to agree with the Frenchman's point. "I appreciated what you said about carrying the burden of the collective defense strategy. We would like a strong Europe, we want both of them, "says the US president.

11h. The imposing American delegation to the Elysee. In the rain, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump exchange a handshake rather cold.

10:30. Alain Juppé attacks Donald Trump. Visibly overwhelmed by the tweet of the American president who considers "insulting" the words of Emmanuel Macron on the European army, the former Prime Minister does not mince his words: "unbearable arrogance of Trump! We Europeans, when we are united, we disturb the great empires. All the more reason to move forward and not to let us vassalize.

10:20. President Trump will not visit the Peace Forum. Sunday, he will not be at La Villette because he chose to go to the American Cemetery Suresnes (Haute-de-Seine). This place is home to the graves of 1,541 American soldiers who fell during the First World War in France and who passed through the American Hospital of Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine).

10 hours. Trump waited by Macron. The two presidents are expected to meet at the Elysee Palace in the late morning. They have to talk bilaterally before lunch with their wives.

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9:50. Paris transformed into an entrenched camp.More than 10,000 police and gendarmes are mobilized to ensure the safety of this international event. The police fear the demonstrations hostile to the heads of state of some countries and the Black Bloc.

9:30. Disturbances to predict. The presence of many international delegations imposes drastic security measures. The ring road and entire districts of the capital will be cordoned off. Here is a map to see clearly:

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