US President Donald Trump has outraged French opinion by suggesting the 2015 assaults on Paris might have been stopped by giving folks weapons.
He mimicked gunmen summoning and taking pictures victims one after the other, saying “Increase! Come over right here!” and utilizing his hand to mimic a gun being fired.
In actuality, the attackers sprayed lots of their 130 victims with semi-automatic hearth and set off bomb belts.
The French overseas ministry known as for the victims’ reminiscence to be revered.
“France expresses its agency disapproval of the feedback by President Trump in regards to the assaults of 13 November 2015 in Paris and asks for the reminiscence of the victims to be revered,” the overseas ministry stated.
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François Hollande, who was French president on the time of the assaults, stated Mr Trump’s remarks had been “shameful”. They “stated so much about what he thinks of France and its values”, he added.
Manuel Valls, who was France’s prime minister in 2015, tweeted: “Indecent and incompetent. What extra can I say?”
In the identical speech to the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation (NRA) in Dallas, Texas, the US president criticised the extent of knife crime in London, evaluating one of many metropolis’s hospitals to a “battle zone”.
A senior London surgeon, Prof Karim Brohi, hit again by saying it was “ridiculous” to recommend weapons might assist fight knife violence.
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What did Trump say precisely?
“Paris, France, has the hardest gun legal guidelines on the planet…” he informed the NRA.
“No one has weapons in Paris, no one, and all of us bear in mind greater than 130 folks, plus great numbers of those that had been horribly, horribly wounded. Did you discover that no one ever talks about them?
“They had been brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had weapons. They took their time and gunned them down one after the other. Increase! Come over right here. Increase! Come over right here. Increase!
“But when one worker or only one patron had a gun, or if only one individual on this room had been there with a gun, aimed toward the other way, the terrorists would have fled or been shot.”
What occurred on 13 November 2015?
In an assault claimed by the Islamic State group, jihadists rampaged throughout the French capital, initially firing on cafe-goers.
Within the deadliest assault, they shot rock followers contained in the Bataclan live performance corridor, killing 89 folks.
Attackers both died on the scene or had been killed in a subsequent police raid. One suspect, Salah Abdeslam, survived and is now in jail in France.
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Has Emmanuel Macron reacted to Trump?
There was no instant response from the French president who solely not too long ago had cordial talks with Mr Trump in Washington.
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Nevertheless, the French overseas ministry made clear its rejection of Mr Trump’s allegations.
“Each nation freely decides by itself legal guidelines on carrying firearms, as in different areas,” it stated. “France is proud to be a rustic the place buying and carrying firearms is strictly regulated.”
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, tweeted that President Trump’s depiction of the 2015 assaults was “scornful and unworthy”.