"Shameful": Anger in France over Donald Trump comments on Paris attacks

Deanna Kelley
May 7, 2018

France's Foreign Ministry said: "France expresses its firm disapproval of the comments by President Trump about the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and asks for respect of the memory of the victims".

The president told the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas: "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 terrible stabbing wounds".

Many extremists with explosive belts and attack guns murdered 130 people in the 2015 strikes about the Bataclan, Paris cafes and the national stadium.

Francois Hollande, who was France's president during the November 2015 attacks that killed 130 people attending a concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris, said in a post on Twitter that Trump's comments were "obscene and shameful".

'They took their time and gunned them down one by one.

'But if one employee or just one patron had a gun - or if one person in this room had been there with a gun, aimed at the opposite direction - the terrorists would have fled or been shot, and it would have been a whole different story, ' he said. Boom! Come over here.

'They don't have guns.

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The surgeon who made the "war zone" remark, Dr. Martin Griffiths or Royal London Hospital, didn't endorse Trump's comments, either.

US President Donald Trump has sparked outrage in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws.

The French government slammed Trump's comments, urging the US President to apologize. However, multiple analyses have since debunked that claim, noting that NY saw 292 murders previous year, while London reported 130. They have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital, ' he said. "Knives, knives, knives, knives", he said, making stabbing gestures. "They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital", Trump added.

The controversial U.S. leader suggested that looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015, and also linked a wave of knife crime in London to a handgun ban.

But on Saturday he implied Trump had drawn the wrong conclusion from his remarks, saying on Twitter that he would be happy to invite Trump to his "prestigious" hospital to discuss London's efforts to reduce violence.

The director of London's major trauma system, Dr. Karim Brohi, said in a statement that knife violence is indeed "a serious issue for London". They put out an official statement disapproving his statements on Saturday.

The gun safety is a cause of major concern in the United States, especially as the USA submitted its joint bid with Canada and Mexico to host Federation Internationale de Football Association 2026 World Cup.

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