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France Condemns Trump: He Should Have Shown ‘Common Decency’ On Anniversary Of Paris Attacks


France Condemns Trump: He Should Have Shown ‘Common Decency’ On Anniversary Of Paris Attacks

A French government spokesman on Wednesday fired back at President Trump over his Monday tweets attacking the country and French President Emmanuel Macron as France observed the anniversary of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

“Yesterday was Nov. 13, we were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people,” spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said, according to Reuters. “So I’ll reply in English: ‘common decency’ would have been appropriate.”

“Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday as France began commemorating the third anniversary of the deadly terror attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris.

“But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two – How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along,” he wrote in an apparent attempt to mock France for having been invaded by Nazi Germany some 80 years ago. “Pay for NATO or not!”

As Trump tweeted his attacks on Tuesday, Macron attended the commemoration ceremony for the 2015 attack that left 130 people dead. The attacks were the deadliest in the country since World War II.

As ThinkProgress notes, Trump followed up his initial tweet Tuesday morning with additional tweets “encouraging the rise of his own brand of nationalism in France.”

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump notes: “Of all the countries to taunt about how the American military came to their assistance, France is a particularly ironic choice. You know what country depended on military aid from France in order to ensure its very existence?”


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