France isn’t too happy with the comments made about the attacks in Paris outside the Bataclan concert hall in 2015. While addressing the National Rifle Association in Texas, Donald Trump said that the tragedy might have been prevented if the citizens were allowed to buy guns.
“Nobody has guns in Paris and we all remember more than 130 people, plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly, horribly wounded. You notice nobody ever talks about them,” he said on Friday. “They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns. They took their time and gunned them down one by one.”
These comments come after French President Emmanuel Macron paid a visit to Trump in Washington.
In response to his remarks, foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement on Saturday: “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.”
Many victims who lived through the Bataclan tragedy took to Twitter to drag Trump. Emmanuel Domenach wrote: “Go f*ck yourself (you can use a gun if you want).”
Meanwhile, former French president Francois Hollande and ex-prime minister Manuel Valls, who both here in office during the attacks had similar reactions. Hollande tweeted, “Donald Trump’s shameful remarks and obscene histrionics say a lot about what he thinks of France and its values. The friendship between our two peoples will not be tainted by disrespect and excessiveness. All my thoughts go to the victims of November 13th.”
Valls simply said of Trump’s remarks: “Indecent and incompetent. What more could I say?”
The events from November 2015 were carried out by gunman loyal to the Islamic State group was the worst terrorist attack in France’s history. In addition to the Bataclan concert hall, Jihadists with assault rifles and suicide vests struck outside a France-Germany football match at the national stadium, cafes, and bars. The coordinated assault claimed the lives of 130 people and wounded more than 350.