The French ceremony is taking place in Paris at the base of the Arc de Triomphe where a flame signifies an unknown French soldier who died during the war.
The French leader will later inaugurate a monument for the hundreds of soldiers who died in foreign operations since 1963, whom the military calls "the fourth generation of fire".
It was part of a series of commemorative events for Armistice Day.
The trail leads to the Vimy Ridge Memorial, where players are asked to stand in a moment of silence on November 11 at 11 p.m., then share images or streams using the hashtag #SaluteThePoppy.
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"It's our hope that young Canadians will take a few moments to visit this unique environment and learn about the men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom", says Freeman D. Chute, senior program officer at the Royal Canadian Legion.
"It is now recyclable, but we are looking for other potential mixes, so perhaps a poppy that might be bio-degradable in the future", says Nujma Bond, Communications Manager for the the Royal Canadian Legion. Publishing a shorter online video on Twitter, the ship's crew honored the fallen by spelling out "Lest we Fail to remember" on the aircraft carrier's enormous deck. The event in central London is traditionally held on the closest Sunday to the anniversary of the end of WW I at 11 a.m. local time on November 11, 1918.
It follows services across Northern Ireland to mark Remembrance Sunday, including at the Cenotaph.
Purple poppy: To remember animal victims of war. The 93-year-old monarch, who served as an army mechanic during the Second World War, performed the wreath-laying herself for most of her 67-year reign, but has cut back on her public duties.