France slams Trump for remarks on guns and Paris attacks

President Donald Trump gestures to the audience after speaking at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Dallas. Sue Ogrocki AP

What more can I say?"In the same speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Dallas, Texas, the United States president criticised the level of knife crime in London, comparing one of the city's hospitals to a "war zone".

Calling France's gun laws "the toughest in the world", he described how terrorists had "brutally" shot and killed 130 people at Parisian nightlife spots in the November 2015 attacks.

Victim associations and victims themselves immediately condemned the comments, with former association president Emmanuel Domenach writing in English on Twitter, "Dear Donald Trump, Go f*** yourself (you can use a gun if you want)".

"They took their time and gunned them down one by one", he added, before mimicking the shooters while saying: "Boom".

"I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital-right in the middle-is like a war zone for disgusting stabbing wounds", Trump said, according to The Washington Post.

To add to the woes, Trump also mimicked the terrorists and said: "Boom". Come over here. Boom, come over here.

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

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"Donald Trump's shameful remarks and obscene histrionics say a lot about what he thinks of France and its values".

The surgeon who made the "war zone" remark, Dr. Martin Griffiths or Royal London Hospital, didn't endorse Trump's comments, either.

Trump, who is due to visit Britain on July 13, told members of the NRA in Dallas, Texas on Friday that a "once very prestigious" London hospital, which he did not name, had become overwhelmed with victims of knife attacks.

The French government slammed Trump's comments, urging the US President to apologize.

Other French politicians including the mayor of Paris took issue with Mr Trump's comments after he acted out the scene of the massacre by Islamist assailants at Paris' Bataclan concert hall, where 90 of the 130 victims of the attacks died. A spike in knife crime earlier this year ensured London had more murders than NY in February and March. They have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital, ' he said.

Dr. Karim Brohi, another Royal London surgeon, said Trump's position makes no sense. "They say it is as bad as a military war zone hospital". They put out an official statement disapproving his statements on Saturday.

Diane Abbott, the opposition Labour Party's spokeswoman for home affairs, said she could "hardly see how violent crime in London justifies the licensing of guns in the U.S.".

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