French outrage after Trump mimics Paris attackers

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"Every country freely decides on its own laws on carrying firearms ..."

CNBC quoted a statement issued by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, saying that "France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump's comments about the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015 and demands that the memory of the victims be respected".

French anger erupted this weekend at Trump's comments to the National Rifle Association - and especially at his trigger-firing hand gesture imitating the Bataclan attackers.

The outrage has come just over a week after Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron stressed their friendship during Macron's state visit to the US.

In response the French government expressed disapproval of Mr Trump's comments and demanded "that the memory of the victims be respected" in a statement. The minister described Trump's comments as "shocking and not worthy of the president of the world's greatest superpower", he told BFM TV on Sunday.

Francois Hollande, who was France's president during the November 2015 attacks that killed 130 people attending a concert at the Bataclan theater in Paris, said in a post on Twitter that Trump's comments were "obscene and shameful".

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".

At the NRA convention last Friday in Dallas, Trump said Britain has tough gun laws but that one London hospital is awash with blood because of knife wounds.

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Trauma surgeons in London said U.S. President Donald Trump had missed the point after he linked a wave of knife crime in the British capital to a ban on handguns.

Manuel Valls, who was France's prime minister in 2015, tweeted: "Indecent and incompetent. What more can I say?"

London suffered a spike in knife crime early this year and saw more murders during February and March than NY.

"They say it's as bad as a military war zone hospital ... knives, knives, knives, knives", he added, making stabbing gestures.

Professor Karim Brohi, trauma surgeon at The Royal London Hospital, said it was "ridiculous" to suggest guns are part of the solution to knife violence. They put out an official statement disapproving his statements on Saturday. "France prides itself on its territory is strictly limited to the right to bear firearms".

In a statement Saturday, Le Drian said gun violence statistics "do not lead us to reconsider France's choice on this issue".

"Yes, that's right, they don't have guns".

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