French President Francois Hollande slammed Donald Trump for saying that one of his friends – “Jim” – suggested that terrorist attacks had deterred him from taking his family to Paris.
“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 U.S. president not to do it with France.”
Hollande, answering questions at the Paris Agric fair, also offered a jab at U.S. gun laws, saying that France does not suffer from the same rash of mass shootings that America does.
“I won’t make comparisons but here, people don’t have access to guns. Here, you don’t have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy.”
Speaking at CPAC on Friday, Trump recounted how a “friend” told him he won’t go to Paris anymore because of attacks by Islamist extremists.
“Take a look at Nice and Paris,” Trump said. “I have a friend, he’s a very, very substantial guy. He loves the City of Lights. He loves Paris.”
“For years, every year during the summer, he would go to Paris,” Trump continued. “It was automatic with him and his family. Hadn’t seen him in a while, and I said, ‘Jim let me ask you a question: How’s Paris doing?’”
“Paris? I don’t go there anymore. Paris is no longer Paris,” Trump quoted his friend as saying.