France expresses "firm disapproval" of Trump's gun law comments

Sergio Cunningham
May 7, 2018

"They took their time and gunned them down one by one", Trump was quoted by AFP as saying.

Former French president Francois Hollande and ex-prime minister Manuel Valls, who were in power during the 2015 attacks, were among those who expressed their outrage at Trump's comments on Saturday.

In a statement Saturday, Le Drian said gun violence statistics "do not lead us to reconsider France's choice on this issue".

Hollande, president during the attacks, called Trump's gesture "obscene".

The comments from Trump came less than a week after French President Emmanuel Macron visited Washington as guest of honour for a state visit which saw both of the leaders eager to stress their friendship.

Valls simply said of Trump's remarks: "Indecent and incompetent".

"France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump's comments about the Paris attacks on Nov 13, 2015, and demands that the memory of the victims be respected", the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Boom!"But if one employee or just one patron had a gun, or if just one person in this room had been there with a gun, aimed at the opposite direction, the terrorists would have fled or been shot."In an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, jihadists rampaged across the French capital, initially firing on cafe-goers".

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President Donald Trump gestures after speaking at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, US on May 4, 2018. "What more could I say?" "Knives, knives, knives", he had said, accompanied with a stabbing motion.

He then mimicked someone using a knife.

UK surgeon also unhappy: Trump also commented on the lack of guns in the United Kingdom, comparing a London hospital to a "military war zone hospital" because of the purportedly large number of people needing treatment for knife attacks.

"To suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous", said surgeon Karim Brohi of the Royal London Hospital in a statement.

"France is proud to be a safe country, where the buying and holding of firearms is strictly regulated".

"Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries, and more hard to fix", Prof Brohi said in a statement on Saturday. The news source added that estimate does not include "firearms that enter and exit the country illegally, and guns that break down, or are lost or destroyed".

Diane Abbott, the opposition Labour Party's spokeswoman for home affairs, said she could "hardly see how violent crime in London justifies the licensing of guns in the U.S.".

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