Trump mocks French leader Macron after Armistice Day visit

US President Donald Trump has gone on Twitter to mock his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, after an awkward Armistice Day visit.

He attacked Mr Macron over nationalism, plans for a European army, French tariffs on US wine imports, and the French leader’s popularity rating.

Mr Macron had urged world leaders to reject nationalism, describing it as a “betrayal of patriotism”.

Some observers interpreted the remarks as a thinly-veiled attack on Mr Trump.

“By saying ‘our interests first and never mind the others’ you stamp out the most precious thing a nation has – its moral values,” Mr Macron said, in a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War One.

Media captionPaulette Monier (C) met the leaders on WW1 Armistice Day

Mr Trump’s relations with European and fellow Nato leaders have long been strained.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to Mr Macron’s defence on Tuesday, echoing his call for a “real European army”.

What’s eating Trump?

By Hugh Schofield, BBC News, Paris

As the French might well ask: quelle mouche a piqué Donald Trump? What fly has bitten the US president? Why is he suddenly on an anti-France tirade?

The answer – presumably – is that he resents being the butt of Emmanuel Macron’s…

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