Anger in France, Britain over Trump’s gun law speech

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump sparked anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015, and linking a wave of knife crime in London to a handgun ban. People walk away from the emergency department of the Royal London Hospital, in London, Britain May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls In a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday, Trump mimicked the shooting of victims in the Paris rampage, and said if civilians had been armed “it would have been a whole different story.” The French government issued its strongest criticism of Trump since he took office, at a time when President Emmanuel Macron has been reinforcing bilateral ties following a state visit. “France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump’s comments about the Paris attacks on Nov. 13, 2015 and demands that the memory of the victims be respected,” the foreign office said in a statement. “Every country freely decides on its own laws on carrying firearms, as in other areas. France is proud to be a country where acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly regulated.” [L8N1SC0K3] Other French politicians including the mayor of Paris took issue with 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. People walk towards the Royal London Hospital, in London, Britain May 5, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls “They took their […]

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