France slams Trump for his lack of 'common decency'

File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 14, 2018, 11.06 PM (IST)

A French government spokesperson slammed US President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his lack of "common decency". 

Asked to react to Trump's tweets mocking Macron, spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told reporters: "Yesterday was November 13 when we commemorate the murder of 130 citizens three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis. So I will reply in English: 'common decency' would have been the appropriate thing."

Trump had on Tuesday launched into a massive Twitter tirade against French President Emmanuel Macron. 

During his tirade, Trump got upset with Macron's suggestion that Europe raise its own army to protect itself from Russia, China, and the US (yes, you read that right); he (sort of) threatened tariffs against French wine; he said Macron suffers from low approval ratings; and that France suffers from a high unemployment rate.   

Trump ended with the words "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN". 

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Trump had been irked by Macron's rubbishing of nationalism — the French president said "nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism" — and Trump's America First policy on Sunday during the commemoration of a 100 years of the end of World War I in Paris. 

Trump had been one of the guests at the commemoration. 

Macron told CNN in an interview after talks with Trump on Saturday that the defence row (the European Army) had been cleared up. He has not reacted publicly to Trump's latest broadside.

One of Macron's advisers on Tuesday dismissed the tweets as "written for Americans" and said that relations between Trump and Macron were "not always easy but are enduring".

(With inputs from AFP)

Story highlights

Asked to react to Trump's tweets mocking Macron, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told reporters: 'Yesterday was November 13 when we commemorate the murder of 130 citizens three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis. So I will reply in English: 'common decency' would have been the appropriate thing.'