The French government on Saturday hit back at a suggestion from U.S. President Donald Trump that looser gun laws might have led to a different outcome to deadly attacks in Paris in 2015, in a speech in which he mimicked how the victims were shot.
Trump spoke about gun laws in France during a free-wheeling address to the National Rifle Association in Texas on Friday in which he also talked about knife crime in London, comparing a hospital in the city to a "war zone".
France top officials slammed the U.S. president after his claims that the Bataclan carnage and other 2015 terrorist attacks could have been avoided if the country had looser gun ownership laws. The head of States wishes that the country was free to carry a firearm.
The comments come just a short time after French president Emmanuel Macron visited the White House in an official visit to Washington last month.
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Donald Trump has caused outrage in across France by mimicking the 2015 Paris attackers and suggesting victims could have stopped them if they had been armed. "Boom!", Mr Trump said, using his hands in a gun gesture.
Other French politicians including the mayor of Paris took issue with Trump's comments, after he acted out the scene of the massacre by militant assailants at Paris' Bataclan concert hall, where 90 of the 130 victims of the attacks died.
"If one employee, or 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", said the US President.
The Daily Mail reports that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian responded by expressing "firm disapproval" of Trump's suggestion that allowing people to be armed for self-defense would have made them safer.
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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 "said a lot about what he thinks of France and its values", he added. Did you notice that nobody ever talks about them?"They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns. They have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital", Trump said.
Trauma surgeons in London, meanwhile, said Mr Trump had missed the point when, in the same speech, he linked knife crime there to an absence of guns.
Last month, trauma surgeon Martin Griffiths told the BBC that some of his colleagues had likened the Royal London Hospital in east London where he works to the former British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
"Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix", he added.
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