The president did not show an immediate reply, sitting quietly, often with his head down during Macron's speech.
As the doors open on Monday for the second day of the Paris Peace Forum, the image of United States President Donald Trump attending a ceremony to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War on Sunday is hard to forget.
Putin greeted Trump with a thumbs up at the ceremony.
In remarks that were broadcast in French and translated to English, Macron took a shot at Trump's self-proclaimed nationalism. "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism".
Last time Putin and Trump met in Helsinki last July.
President Trump took umbrage at a recent interview in which President Macron talked about the need for a European army and cited the USA, along with Russian Federation and China, as potential security risks.
Trump, meanwhile, was placed next to Macron, who was sat opposite Putin - making it hard for the U.S. and Russian presidents to have personal asides, The Guardian reported. "In saying "our interests first and who care about the others" we erase what a nation has that's most precious, what makes it live, what is most important: its moral values".
Neither he nor Russian President Vladimir Putin joined other leaders in a symbolic walk up the Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
But Trump did not broach the divide as he paid tribute Sunday to USA and allied soldiers killed in World War I during "a terrible, awful war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.
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An estimated 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians died in the conflict, also known as the Great War, which began on July 28, 1914. Around him, former French soldiers stood rigidly to attention.
President Trump did not attend the forum, instead visiting the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial outside of Paris before returning to Washington.
Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on Saturday poignantly visited the forest clearing in northeastern France where the Armistice was signed, had signaled beforehand that they meant to use the Paris ceremony to warn about the modern-day danger of nationalism. "We renew our sacred obligation to memorialise our fallen heroes" at the cemetery, "where they rest for all eternity", he said.
He and first lady Melania Trump had planned to visit the memorial for American marines near the Belleau Wood battlefield on Saturday afternoon, however their program was nixed at the last minute due to a storm that would have prevented them from helicoptering to the site that's more than an hour's drive from Paris.
Later on Sunday, the French president will host the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, which seeks to promote a multilateral approach to security and governance and ultimately avoid the errors that led to the outbreak of WWI.
The president also recognized six veterans of World War II who were in attendance.
The French people are apprently not very happy with Trump.
Speaking shortly following the close of the Peace Forum, President Weah praised his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for advancing the cause of global peace through the maiden edition of the Paris Peace Forum.