Trump turns up to dinner! President meets world leaders at Paris’ Orsay Museum for Armistice commemoration supper hours after pulling out of official memorial because rain ‘grounded’ Marine One helicopter
- World leaders and dignitaries have arrived at the Orsay Museum in Paris to attend a commemorative dinner
- Among the attendees are Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and Recep Tayyip Erdogan
- The dinner at the Orsay Museum in Paris is part of a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day
World leaders, European royals and dignitaries attended the Orsay Museum in Paris tonight for a dinner as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War.
Trump made it to dinner after being slammed for not turning up to an official memorial hours earlier, saying his Marine One helicopter was ‘grounded’ by rain.
Other attendees include Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene, along with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Earlier today, Macron and Chancellor Merkel unveiled a plaque to the Franco-German reconciliation in the forest clearing of Compiegne in northeast France where the armistice ending the conflict was signed.
President Donald Trump chats with Turkish President Erogan at the dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (5th L) and his wife Emine Erdogan (4th L), US President Donald Trump (6th L) attend a dinner hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron (5th R) for visiting heads of states at Musee d’Orsay
President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Front R) chats with US President Donald Trump (Front L) during a dinner hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron (Rear C)
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) speaks with US President Donald Trump (R) during a dinner hosted by the French President
World leaders, European royals and dignitaries have arrived at the Orsay Museum in Paris tonight to attend a dinner as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War (pictured: Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured arriving at the Orsay Museum on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day
Earlier today, Macron and Angela Merkel (pictured) unveiled a plaque to the Franco-German reconciliation in the forest clearing of Compiegne in northeast France where the armistice ending the conflict was signed
Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene arriving to attend a visit and a dinner at the Orsay Museum on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde was also present at the Paris event (pictured arriving with her husband Xavier Giocanti)
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his partner Peristera Baziana. Tsipras, an outspoken socialist, heads the country’s left-wing Syriza party
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan with his wife Emine. Leaders representing nations from both sides of World War I 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 his country’s National Liberal Party, was a physics teacher and school inspector before he entered politics
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis (right) with his second wife Monika Babisova arrive at the dinner
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his wife Andri Moustakoudes. Anastasiades was a profesional lawyer before entering politics
Macron, a centrist advocate of open borders and multilateralism, has repeatedly invoked the war in recent weeks to hammer home his message that rising nationalism is again destabilising the world.
On Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump called off a a trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial after a bad weather call grounded Marine One.
He and first lady Melania Trump had planned to visit the memorial for American marines near the Belleau Wood battlefield on Saturday afternoon, however the event was cancelled at the last minute due to a storm that would have prevented them from helicoptering to the site that’s more than an hour’s drive from Paris.
‘The President and First Lady’s trip to Ainse-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial has been canceled due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,’ the White House said. ‘An American delegation led by Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford will attend on their behalf.’
President Donald Trump called off a a trip to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial on Saturday after a bad weather call grounded Marine One. His chief of staff, John Kelly, (left) went to the event instead
U.S. and French flags flutter at the graves of U.S. soldiers, most of them killed in the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in this file photo of he site near Chateau-Thierry, France
Donald Trump made amends with Emmanuel Macron at Élysée Palace after taking his host to task for recommending a European army to keep Russia at bay
On Sunday morning, Macron and Merkel will be joined by President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the main ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris, which will draw in 70 world leaders.
The WWI commemorations come at a watershed moment for the liberal post-war order, with anti-immigration populists at the helm in the US and Brazil, sharing power in Italy, and making strong gains in Germany, where Merkel has announced her resignation in 2021 after a series of electoral setbacks.
On Saturday, she visited the site of Germany’s capitulation at the end of the World War I, the first German leader to do in 78 years.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and partner Amelie Derbaudrenghien. Michel is a native French speaker but is fluent in Dutch and English as well
Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (right). Aziz, a former soldier, served as Chairman of the African Union between 2014 and 2015
French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (left) and his wife Maria Vadillo. Le Drian is a former Minister for Defence and Veterans Affairs and member of his country’s Socialist Party
Antonio Tajani (left), Italian-born President of the European Parliament 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 holds a Doctor of Military Sciences degree
Luxembourg’s Grand Duc Henri and his wife Maria Teresa Mestre. After his education Henri undertook military officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where British officers are trained for service
President of Moldova Igor Dodon (left) and wife Galina Dodon. Mr Dodon was a professor of economics before entering politics
Roch Marc Christian Kabore, President of the landlocked West African country Burkina Faso, arriving at the dinner
Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, a career diplomat who has also served as his country’s Minister of Justice
The forest in Compiegne is doubly symbolic as Adolf Hitler chose the same train carriage in the same clearing to sign the surrender of the French on June 22, 1940 at the start of World War II.
Macron, sporting a cornflower in his lapel – the French equivalent to Britain’s remembrance poppy – and Merkel reviewed grey-clad soldiers from the Franco-German brigade, before unveiling a plaque to Franco-German reconciliation.
They also visited a replica of the carriage which was destroyed during World War II.
The visit underscored the close ties between two countries that fought three wars between 1870 and 1945 but are now seen as the lynchpins of peace in Western Europe.
Swiss Federal President Alain Berset (left) and his wife Muriel Zeender Berset arriving at the Paris commemoration dinner
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna. The event is on the eve of a commemoration ceremony for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day
Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (right) and his husband Gauthier Destenay arriving at the Paris dinner
This graphic shows how Armistice Day will be commemorated in London and around the country today