"Shameful": Anger in France over Donald Trump comments on Paris attacks

Saul Bowman
May 7, 2018

Two months before he makes a controversial trip to London, US President Donald Trump compared a hospital in the United Kingdom capital to a "war zone", suggesting the country's anti-gun culture is contributing to a surge in stabbings.

Dr. Karim Brohi, a trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital and the director of London's major trauma system, also said in a statement Saturday that, while knife violence is a serious issue in London, "to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous. Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix", Brohi said in the statement on Saturday.

London comedy writer Robert Webb joked about his "war zone" city in a tweet.

Britain effectively banned handgun ownership after a 1996 school shooting.

"Trump makes Londoners dislike him more, and the US dislike London more", he told The Guardian.

Charlie Falconer, a lawyer and representative of the left wing Labour Party in the House of Lords, compared Britain's murder rate to the USA rate and added: "Trump lies on everything".

However, the comparison is less revealing that it may seem: New York City has experienced a dramatic drop in murders over the past decade, and its murder rate is now at a historic low.

Trump's comment on the Paris attacks did not go down well with the French.

In a tweet Saturday, Griffiths indicated that Trump missed his point about London violence entirely with an animation showing the words "the point" floating over the head of a stick figure.

According to the BBC, Trump may have used as inspiration a Radio 4 interview last month with a London trauma surgeon, Dr Martin P. Griffiths, who said he was treating stabbing victims "on a daily basis". He's expected to be greeted with protests. "Boom! Come over here". A stadium, cafes, restaurants and a concert hall were attacked. "Boom!" he repeated, "recreating" the brutal attack.

"They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns", Trump told the NRA crowd, referring to the 130 killed and hundreds injured in a coordinated attack by Islamic extremists.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo blasted Trump's comments as "contemptuous".

France's Foreign Ministry said: "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".

"The shameful comments and obscene antics of Donald Trump say a lot about what he thinks about France and her values", Hollande in a statement in French obtained by France 24.

Trump spoke about gun laws in France and Britain during a free-wheeling speech in front of gun owners in Texas on Friday.

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