During his Armistice Day remarks in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron tore into “nationalism” in a clear jab at President Donald Trump.
Speaking Sunday at the Arc de Triomphe beside Trump and other world leaders, Macron slammed nationalism as “a betrayal of patriotism.”
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” Macron said. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first … we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what gives it grace, and what is essential: its moral values.”
The US president has faced criticism for referring to himself as a nationalist, comments that he doubled down on last week during a press conference.
When asked about his use of the phrase, which often has racist connotations due to the use of “white nationalist,” Trump said “we have to straighten out our country first.”
He then criticized the reporter, Yamiche Alcindor of “PBS NewsHour”, saying her question was racist.
Upon landing in Paris days earlier, Trump attacked Macron in a tweet, calling the French president’s suggestion of a “true, European army” to defend itself without relying on the U.S. “very insulting.”
Macron’s comments on Sunday came after the White House canceled Trump’s planned visit to a U.S. military cemetery in northern France due to bad weather.
The decision drew a steady stream of domestic and international criticism, with many calling Trump “unpatriotic.”