During his speech under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, commemorating the end of the First World War one hundred years ago, French President Emmanuel Macron denounced nationalism as the “betrayal of patriotism” — before a gathering that included President Donald Trump.
> Although Trump was in attendance in Paris in a show of solidarity, on a profound level, Macron’s speech could be taken as a rebuke of the combustible American president who in the recent midterm congressional election campaign declared himself a proud “nationalist.”
> “This vision of France as a generous nation, of France as a project, of France as the bearer of universal values was displayed during these dark hours, as the very opposite of a selfish nation that only looks after its own interest,” Macron said. “Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism,” he added.
> “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.”