Anger in France over Trump comments on Bataclan attacks
PARIS – Agence France-Presse
The foreign ministry voiced its “firm disapproval” of the comments, in criticism amplified by former leaders, as well as survivors of the atrocity who unleashed their fury on Twitter.
Trump spoke about gun laws in France during a free-wheeling address to the National Rifle Association in Texas on May 4 in which he also talked about knife crime in London, comparing a hospital in the city to a “war zone.”
He said the Paris assault might have been prevented if citizens were allowed to buy arms.
“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 told the audience.
“They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns. They took their time and gunned them down one by one,” Trump added.
He then mimicked the assailants shooting their weapons, saying: “Boom. Come over here. Boom, come over here. Boom.”
“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,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement May 5.
The atrocities carried out by gunman loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were the worst terror attacks in France’s history and left the capital and wider country deeply traumatized.
Jihadists armed with assault rifles and suicide vests struck outside a France-Germany football match at the national stadium, cafes and bars, and the Bataclan concert hall in a coordinated assault that left 130 people dead and more than 350 wounded.