French anger mounts Later Trump says Paris Requires more guns
- Author: Tracy Klein May 08, 2018,
May 08, 2018, 1:34
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Mayor expressed hope that trump will stick to my words and repent, said: "His comments are shocking - they weren't supposed to come out of the mouth of the President of the world superpower", the Minister said in an interview to BFM.
"We don't make commentaries about the mass killings they frequently have in the U.S.", Le Maire said.
Expressing firm disapproval on Trump's claims, France officials urged the US President to sustain from disrespecting victims of terror attacks in France, since those attacks took hundreds of lives.
In a speech to the National Rifle Association on Friday, Trump mimicked the shooting of victims in the Paris rampage, and said if civilians had been armed "it would have been a whole different story".
Soon after, the French foreign ministry issued a statement Saturday after Trump's comments.
In a statement Saturday, Le Drian said gun violence statistics "do not lead us to reconsider France's choice on this issue".
Francois Hollande, who held the presidency during the events described, commented on the speech trump on his page on the social network Twitter, calling it "shameful and indecent". "They took their time and gunned them down one by one", Trump added.
Jihadists armed with assault rifles and suicide vests struck outside a France-Germany football match at the national stadium, cafes and bars, and the Bataclan concert hall in a coordinated assault that left 130 people dead and more than 350 wounded. "What more can I say?" Did you notice that nobody ever talks about them?"They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns".
Mr Trump told NRA members that a "once very prestigious" London hospital, which he did not name, had become overwhelmed with victims of knife attacks. "Yes, that's right, they don't have guns, they have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital".
In reality, the attackers sprayed many of their 130 victims with semi-automatic fire and set off bomb belts.
That marks Paris's strongest criticism of the US president since his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron took office a year ago.
Professor Karim Brohi, trauma surgeon at The Royal London Hospital, said it was "ridiculous" to suggest guns are part of the solution to knife violence.
"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".