France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency'

Nationalism and Patriotism Don't Have to Be Opposites

France's government spokesman responded after Trump unleashed a string of Twitter attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump's tweet Tuesday that said "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!" revived French national pride on social media. It read, "It was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France?"

In five posts sent on Tuesday after his visit to France, Trump blasted the key USA ally over its near defeat to Germany in two world wars, its wine industry and Macron's approval ratings.

"At every crucial moment in our history, we have been allies", he said citing France's role in America's independence fight as well as United States participation in two world wars and the joint fight against jihadists after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The tweets underscored tensions between the once-chummy leaders and displayed Trump's irritation over criticism of how he acted in France.

On the heels of a rocky trip to Paris to mark the World War I centenary, Mr Trump fired off a caustic series of early-morning tweets against his weekend host and renewed his frequent charge that America's European allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spend too little on defence.

The French and the American leaders met on Saturday in Paris before ceremonies commemorating a century since the armistice of World War I.

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"Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russian Federation".

Trump first came for Macron's and the rest of Europe's checkbooks in a November 10th tweet in reference to the EU Army versus North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"Every day our soldiers fight together, risk their lives together - that's the most important decision you take when you are president", Macron said. They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along.

But Macron said the flap would not shake the strong cooperation between the two countries, in particular their joint military actions, in particular against jihadist terrorism.

The battles with May and Macron are the latest example of Trump's abrasive style when meeting global leaders.

May had argued before that Iran is meeting all its obligations under the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal despite Trump exiting the agreement and reimposing sanctions.

Government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux said on Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: "Common decency" would have been appropriate".

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