World leaders, European royals and dignitaries 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.
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.
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 Sunday morning, he 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