French foreign ministry issue angry statement about Donald Trump's NRA comments

President Donald Trump gestures to the audience after speaking at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Dallas. Sue Ogrocki AP
President Donald Trump gestures to the audience after speaking at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Dallas. Sue Ogrocki AP

08 May, 2018

US President Donald Trump has sparked anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent the deadly Paris attacks in 2015, and linking a wave of London knife crime to a handgun ban.

"We don't make commentaries about the mass killings they frequently have in the U.S.", Le Maire said.

"France expresses its firm disapproval of the comments by President Trump about the attacks of 13 November 2015 in Paris and asks for the memory of the victims to be respected", the foreign ministry said.

The French government wasted no time condemning Trump's speech at the National Rifle Association conference in which he declared the Bataclan atrocity would have been stopped earlier if Parisians had guns.

Former French president Francois Hollande, who was head of state at the time, said on Twitter that Trump's comments were "shameful" and "obscene".

"Every country freely decides on its own laws on carrying firearms, as in other areas", it said. They "said a lot about what he thinks of France and its values", he added.

"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", Trump said, according to The Washington Post. "What more can I say?" Trump pointed his hand as if it were a gun while describing how each of the victims in Paris was fatally shot.

"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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In another reference to terror attacks commited with Trucks and other vehicles, which in Nice alone left 86 dead and 458 injured, the President ironically said that "we are going to have to outlaw, immidietally, all vans and all trucks which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorists".

Defending the NRA's point of view on benefits of arming civilians, other than enormous profit, the US President also pointed at the United Kingdom calling London a "war zone". "They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital", Trump added.

He then mimicked someone using a knife.

Trauma surgeons in London, meanwhile, said Mr Trump had missed the point after, in the same speech, he linked knife crime there to an absence of guns.

"Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix", he added.

Speaking to the NRA in Dallas on Friday, the president cited a hospital in the center of the city as having a problem with knife crime that he appeared to blame on a lack of guns.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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