'Paris is no longer Paris' - Trump takes aim at French capital
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:50
"Take a look at what's happening to our world folks and we have to be smart", he said. Take a look at Nice and Paris. He loves the City of Lights.
George Clooney used the red carpet to speak up for Paris as he headed into the awards ceremony for this year's Cesar, the French version of the Oscar, where he received a "Cesar d'honneur" for his work.
In a speech to U.S. conservative activists on Friday, Mr Trump said "Paris is no longer Paris" because of the terror threat and pointed out that a friend of his no longer travelled there. 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". The president suggested that his friend had stopped his regular travel to Paris because it "is no longer Paris". "That was four years, four or five years, he hasn't gone there'". He wouldn't miss it for anything.
Now, Trump pointed out, 'he doesn't think in terms of going there'. "Take a look at Nice and Paris". "And we have to be smart. We can't let it happen to us". Over Christmas, 91,000 soldiers and police were mobilized to protect churches and holiday festivities from unfriendly residents.
It comes after the city's mayor Anne Hidalgo also used Disney to push back against Trump's comments.
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Hollande countered by saying that Trump should show support for USA allies. "There is terrorism, alas, and we must all fight against it together". "I wouldn't do it with the United States and I'm urging the USA president not to do it with France", Hollande said.
He added: "I won't make comparisons but here, people don't have access to guns". Here, you do not have people taking up guns and opening fire on crowds simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy.
Speaking at a conservative political conference near Washington on Friday, Trump invoked Jim, no last name provided, to illustrate what has happened to France as a result of terrorism.
In November 2015, 130 people were killed in Paris when gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State jihadist group attacked bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the Stade de France national stadium.
She addressed Trump and "Jim" in a hashtag, saying that American tourism to Paris is still flourishing despite the attacks.