President Hollande Replies to President Trump’s Anti-France Comments
President François Hollande has replied to anti-France comments of U.S. President Donald Trump as he criticized France for its immigration policies and issues Parisians are facing due to mismanagement of French government. President Trump has criticized other European leaders on the way they handled refugee crisis. President Hollande commented on gun control issues in the United States. He said that he doesn’t want to make a comparison between France and United States.
Hollande also offered advice to President Trump by saying that it isn’t good to show mistrust towards an ally. At an annual agricultural fair in Paris, Hollande said, “It is never good to show the slightest mistrust towards a friendly country. That is not what you do towards an ally and I ask the American president not to do that to France.”
In his comments, President Trump said that Paris isn’t the same Paris it was in the past. He referred to his friend Jim who hasn’t visited Paris in last four or five years as ‘Paris is no longer Paris’.
President Trump said, "Now he doesn't even think in terms of going there. Take a look at what's happening to our world folks and we have to be smart. We have to be smart. We can't let it happen to us.”
President Hollande said that he recently had a conversation with President Trump. He added that President Trump expressed his ‘love’ for Paris and France during their telephone conversation.
President Trump has time and again raised issues related to refugee crisis and mass migration to Europe in the last two years. European leaders have countered his comments while far-right political parties in Europe have supported comments of President Trump.
Trump has been criticized for his recent travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. He has supported the decision and has commented on lawlessness in Europe due to mass migration in the recent years.
France has been in the news for past two years due to refugee-related issues but the country has remained as top tourist destination across the world in year 2016. French tourism promotion department is working hard to reach 100 million visitors by year 2020.
Hollande said, ""There is terrorism and we must fight it together. I think that it is never good to show the smallest defiance toward an allied country. I wouldn't do it with the United States and I'm urging the US president not to do it with France."
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