France Indignant After Trump Attacks

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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The French government offered an indignant reply to President Donald Trump’s Tuesday morning Twitter broadside, saying it was indecent to attack them on the third anniversary of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron accompany U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump after a meeting at the Elysee Palace on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France, November 10, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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“Yesterday was Nov 13, we were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people,” French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told Reuters, adding, “so I’ll reply in English: ‘common decency’ would have been appropriate.”

Trump expressed anger at Macron’s calls for a European army independent of U.S. control via NATO on twitter, and personally attacked Macron’s speech during his recent trip to Paris.

“Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia,” Trump tweeted. “But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two – How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for NATO or not!”

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump embrace at the completion of a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Macron and Trump met throughout the day to discuss a range of bilateral issues as Trump holds his first official state visit with the French president. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Macron delivered a speech at the centennial ceremony honoring the end of World War I saying nationalism is the “betrayal of patriotism” and calling for a rejection of “selfishness of nations only looking after their own interests. Because patriotism is exactly the opposite of nationalism.”

The speech was widely regarded as a shot at Trump who recently on the 2018 midterm campaign trail identified himself as a nationalist.