A French government spokesman has criticised Donald Trump for displaying a lack of “common decency” when he attacked Emmanuel Macron on the anniversary of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.
In five posts sent on the same day that French officials marked the anniversary of the 2015 terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, Trump blasted the key U.S. ally over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron’s approval ratings.
Trump returned to Washington from a weekend in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One where strained relations between the American president and European allies were on full display.
The French were “starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along”, he wrote.
His final tweet concluded: “MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”
The Elysée Palace has made no comment on the Twitter spat, but Griveaux said Macron made “a brief reference” to Trump’s tweets during the weekly ministers’ council.
Evoking France and America’s long historical ties, he said: “France was there, Lafayette and several others [during the American war of independence]. When France was attacked, the United States was there and tens of thousands of young Americans came to our country. When the Twin Towers were attacked, France was at the US’s side. There must be respect between allies.”
Macron added: “Donald Trump does American politics and I will leave him to do American politics.”
Trump’s tweets came at a particularly sensitive time as France mourned the victims of the 13 November 2015 attacks during which nine Islamist terrorists carried out a series of shootings and bombings.
These began at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, then a series of bars, restaurants and cafes in the French capital, and culminated at the Bataclan concert hall. As well as the 130 dead, more than 350 people were injured in the worst ever terrorist attack in the city.