France decries Trump comments linking gun laws to Paris attacks

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US President Donald Trump has sparked anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015, and linking a wave of knife crime in London to a handgun ban.

"We don't make commentaries about the mass killings they frequently have in the U.S.", Le Maire said.

The French Foreign Ministry said Saturday in a statement that "France is strongly disapproving of the remarks of president Trump regarding the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and demanding respect for the memory of the victims".

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.

France top officials slammed the USA 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.

Former French president Francois Hollande, who was head of state at the time, said on Twitter that Mr Trump's comments and antics were "shameful" and "obscene". They "said a lot about what he thinks of France and its values", he added.

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. The attackers, armed with assault rifles and explosives, shot dead people watching a football match and attending a concert at the Bataclan Theatre, respectively. "What more can I say?" "Boom!", Mr Trump said, using his hands in a gun gesture.

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

Mr Trump told NRA members that a "once very prestigious" London hospital, which he did not name, had become overwhelmed with victims of knife attacks.

'Nobody has guns in Paris, nobody, and we all remember more than 130 people, plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly, horribly wounded.

That marks Paris's strongest criticism of the US president since his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron took office a year ago. "And it would have been a whole different story", Trump said. "We are proud of the excellent trauma care we provide and of our violence reduction programs", he said in a statement reported by The Evening Standard.

The British government's failed efforts to reduce knife crime with knife-disposal bins has been widely ridiculed, and along with them London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

"Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries, and more hard to fix", Prof Brohi said in a statement on Saturday.

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