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    The 2018 Armistice Day celebrations have brought together a record number of world leaders, invited by French President Emmanuel Macron.

    The world marks 100 years since of end of World War I on 11 November. 

    Some 3,200 guests will attend the military ceremony and will later have dinners in the Elysee Palace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hotel des Invalides and even in Versailles, where the spouses of the presidents will dine in an event organised by Brigitte Macron.

    Follow Sputnik's live updates to find out more.

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    • 16:13

      Donald Trump Pays Tribute to American Soldiers Killed During the World War I

      "It is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago," Trump said.

    • 15:07

      Netanyahu Describes Conversation With Putin as Good and Important

      Speaking at the Paris news conference Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that he spoke with Donald Trump andVladimir Putin. Describing the conversation with the Russian president, Netanyahu said "The conversation with Putin was good and to the point, and I would even say that it was very important, but I won't say more here."

    • 14:58

      Trump Thanks Macron for Ceremony

    • 14:43

      Putin, Netanyahu Talked on Sidelines of Elysee Reception in Paris - Kremlin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin had a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the Armistice Day reception at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.

      "Putin had a separate conversation with Netanyahu in the Elysee Palace," Peskov said.


    • 14:37

      Putin Says Was Able to Have 'Good' Conversation With Trump in Paris

      "Yes," Putin said, answering the question of whether he was able to communicate with the US President during a working lunch at the Elysee Palace.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin during a working lunch hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron for heads of state and government invited to attend events to mark 100 years since the end of WWI.

      Putin Says Talked to Trump in Paris, Conversation Went 'Well'

      PARIS (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he had had a good conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Paris, where the two leaders traveled to take part in the celebrations dedicated to the 100th anniversary marking the end of World War I.
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    • 14:21

      Putin and Trump Weren't Seated Next to Each Other, Failed to Talk - Kremlin

      Putin, Trump only greeted each other at the Elysee lunch without being able to have a conversation, a source reported.

      "The Elysee Palace had indeed changed the seating plan for the leaders at the table before the start of the working lunch. According to the final plan, the Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, were sitting opposite each other and did not have an opportunity to have a detailed conversation," the source said.

      In the end, the Russian president sat near European Commission Chief Jean-Claude Juncker and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

      Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the two heads of state did not have an opportunity to have a conversation and only greeted each other at the palace.

    • 14:05

      Russia Hopes to Restore Full-Fledged Negotiations With US on INF Treaty - Putin

      A bundle of three Soviet RSD-10 missiles prepared for demolition at the Kapustin Yar launch site. The missiles were destroyed in accordance with the INF Treaty.

      Russia Hopes to Restore Full-Fledged Negotiations With US on INF Treaty - Putin

      PARIS (Sputnik) - Russia hopes to restore a full-fledged negotiation process with the United States in order to address the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, along with other things, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview.
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    • 13:34

      Protesters Hold Rally Against Trump During His Visit to Paris

      US President Donald Trump.

      Protesters Hold Rally Against Trump During His Visit to Paris

      US President Donald Trump is one of the world leaders that has come to Paris to take part in commemorating events marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed on 11 November 1918 between Germany and the Allies.
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    • 13:33

      Macron's EU Army Idea ‘Natural' Desire to Ensure Bloc’s Security - Putin

      The Russian President says Emmanuel Macron's idea of creating an EU army is not new, calls it a clear and natural desire to ensure security.

      "As for the alternative all-European armed forces, this is not a new idea, now president Macron has revived it, one former president, Jacques Chirac, told me about this, but such ideas had existed even before him. In principle, Europe is a powerful economic formation, a powerful economic union and, in general, it is quite natural that they want to be independent, self-sufficient, sovereign in the field of defence and security," Putin said in an interview

      The Russian president stressed that such an idea is "a generally positive process in terms of strengthening the multi-polarity of the world”.

      "In this sense, our positions overlap with France," Putin added.

      Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the Arc de Triomphe
      © REUTERS / Yves Herman
    • 13:54

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      Making Lists of 'Good, Bad Media Unacceptable,' Not Related to Democracy – Putin

      PARIS (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that creating lists of "good" and "bad" media was unacceptable and had nothing to do with democracy.
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    • 13:07

      Putin Says He Hasn’t Had a Chance to Talk to Trump Yet

      Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s had no chance to talk with his US counterpart yet, not excluding that a conversation could take place at a working lunch in Paris.

      "We haven't [talked] yet, we just greeted each other ... The ceremony was done in such a way that it was impossible to communicate there, we were watching what was happening. But there will be a working dinner now, so we may [talk] there," Putin said.

      The Russian president added that the two sides had agreed they would hold no bilateral meetings in Paris so as not to disrupt the schedule of the hosting nation.

      "At their request, we will not organise any meeting here, but it may be held on the sidelines of the G20 meeting or later," the Russian President noted.

      Russia hopes to restore full-scale negotiations with the United States, according to Putin.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin Attends Ceremony for Armistice Day
      © REUTERS / Benoit Tessier
    • 13:01

      Putin's Handshake With Trump

      Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

      'When to Expect New Sanctions?' Twitter Jeers at Putin's Handshake With Trump

      As Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris for a solemn ceremony marking 100 years since the end of World War I, he first gave a friendly handshake to a number of world leaders already present for the event, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump.
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    • 12:50

      World Leaders Start Working Lunch Break at Elysee Palace

    • 12:28

      Putin, Trump, Macron, Juncker to Sit at Same Table at Elysee Palace Reception

      According to the programme distributed by the Elysée Palace, 2.5 hours were allotted for lunch. In accordance with the seating arrangements, Putin and Trump are sitting side by side at the same table. Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, will be Putin’s other neighbour at lunch, while Macron, will be Trump’s.

    • 12:05

      Lunch Break at Elysee Palace

      Guards of honor at the Elysee Palace, Paris

      World Leaders Gather for Lunch Break at Elysee Palace

      Official delegations from more than 60 countries travelled to Paris to take part in commemorating the armistice signed on 11 November 1918 between Germany and the Allies. The two-day celebrations began on Saturday when the heads of state met over a dinner hosted by Macron at the Musee d'Orsay, followed by a concert at the Paris Philharmonie.
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    • 13:22

      Putin Lays Flowers at Monument to Russian Expeditionary Force in Paris

      Russian President Vladimir Putin laid flowers on Sunday at the monument commemorating the Russian Expeditionary Force that took part in World War I, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      "I’m glad to see you all here and I want to express hope that the memory of your relatives and our soldiers will be preserved in Russia," Putin said.

      The ceremony’s attendees have presented Putin with a book called "Patriotism without borders."

      The monument was opened by Putin in 2011. It is located in the historic centre of Paris near the Pont Alexandre III and the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees.

    • 11:12

      Macron Urges Leaders at WWI Ceremony to 'Build Hope, not Fear'

      "On 11 November 1918, at 11 o'clock in the morning, 100 years ago, day to day, hour for hour, in Paris, as in all of France, the bugles sounded and the bells rang. It was the end of four long and terrible years of deadly fighting," Macron said.

      French President Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
      © AFP 2020 / Benoit Tessier
    • 11:03

      Trump, Erdogan Discussed Khashoggi Case

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      Trump, Erdogan Discussed Khashoggi Case During Saturday Dinner in Paris - WH

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi case on Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
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    • 10:54

      World Leaders March to Arc de Triumph

    • 10:56

      Putin, Trump May Discuss INF Treaty

      Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) greets U.S. President Donald Trump, as First lady Melania Trump stands nearby, during a meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018

      Putin, Trump May Discuss INF Treaty During Brief Meeting in Paris - Source

      US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the Armistice Day celebrations and Paris Peace Forum.
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    • 10:51

      US, Russian Presidents Shake Hands at WWI Armistice Commemoration Ceremony on the Champs Elysee

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump have greeted each other, shaking hands at the ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I currently underway on the Champs Elysees in Paris, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      Putin and Trump nodded at each other, and Putin tapped Trump on the shoulder, showing him a thumbs up.

      Trump and Putin both arrived late at the ceremony making all the other leaders wait.

    • 10:47

      Topless Femen Activist Runs in Path of Trump's Cortege

      FEMEN activist runs towards Trumps motorcade in Paris

      Topless Female Protesters Run Towards Trump's Motorcade in Paris (PHOTO, VIDEO)

      On Saturday, three Femen activists were arrested after holding a nude protest at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, carrying banners which read "Welcome war criminals."
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    • 10:40

      Armistice Day Celebrations at Arc de Triomphe

      According to the Elysee press service, 84 invitations were sent to world leaders to join the Armistice Day celebrations at the Arc de Triumph (Arc de Triomphe).

      The leaders of nearly all of Europe, as well as the heads of Australia, Tunisia, the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Mali, the vice president of India, prime ministers of Japan, Israel, Canada, Thailand etc., some seventy leaders overall, accepted the invitation. The chiefs of international organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will also be present at the ceremony.

      Four buses took the leaders to the Champs Elysee, where the ceremony started at 11 a.m. local time (10:00 GMT), with Macron giving an opening speech.

    • 10:33

      Putin Arrives in Paris to Take Part in WWI End Celebrations

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has landed in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to attend the military parade on the Champs Elysee, dedicated to the WWI centenary commemorations, later in the day, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      The Russian president did not take part in a dinner organised by French President Emmanuel Macron on the eve of the celebrations.

    • 10:31

      WATCH World Leaders Arrive at Elysee Palace to Mark 100th Anniversary of Armistice

      Some seventy heads of state and governments arrived at the French president's palace, from where they then drove to the Champs Elysee to take part in World War I centenary commemorations, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

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