French outrage after President Trump mimics Paris attackers

Posted May 07, 2018

France disapproves of US President Donald Trump's suggestion that the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 could have fewer victims if the country's gun control laws were not as tight, the French Foreign Ministry said Saturday in a statement. "France is proud to be a country where acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly regulated", the statement added.

Calling Trump's comments "shameful" and "obscene" on his Twitter, former President Francois Hollande noted that the USA leader's statements exposed "what he thinks of France and its values".

The atrocities carried out by terrorists loyal to the Daesh group were the worst terror attacks in France's history and left the capital and wider country deeply traumatised.

To add to the woes, Trump also mimicked the terrorists and said: "Boom. "They captured them and killed one after the other - boom, boom", Come here, let's boom boom!" "Boom!" he repeated, "recreating" the brutal attack.

Khan's office had said at the time that the mayor had more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks.

Saying that Americans' rights to carry guns were "under siege", he said: "I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital right in the middle is like a war zone for awful stabbing wounds". "Yes, that's right, they don't have guns, they have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital".

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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.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he hoped Mr Trump would retract his words and "express regret".

"Paris, France, has the toughest gun laws in the world." he told the NRA.

"UK knife crime nowhere near your off-the-scale gun deaths", she said.

"They don't have guns".

The French foreign ministry condemned the comments in a statement. A trauma specialist from the Royal London hospital hit back by pointing out that people are twice as likely to die from gunshot wounds as knife injuries. The march came on the heels one of the deadliest attacks in the USA, which took place in Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, claiming 17 students.

France's authorities aggressively defended its gun controllers along with pressure mounted on President Emmanuel Macron to demand an apology out of Trump despite their friendly romance.