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

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The US president's call to "make France great again" also came in for mockery from Benjamin Mendy, the Manchester City defender who was in France's World Cup winning football team.

Nursing grievances from a weekend visit to France, Trump lit into French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defence force, over French tariffs on USA wine and even 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 U.S. participation in two world wars and the joint fight against jihadists after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

When pressed, Mr Macron dismissed Mr Trump's comments as an attempt to play to a domestic audience, in the wake of his losses in mid-terms elections.

Just a few days after they held an awkward meeting on the sidelines of ceremonies in Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the U.S. President felt a need to get the better of his French counterpart in the only way he knows how - in a barrage of below-the-belt Twitter missives that recalled France's collaborationist past.

"I don't think the French expect me to respond to tweets but to continue this important history", he told TF1 in an interview on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.

"The United States are our historic ally and will continue to be", Mr Macron said.

He said he thinks that Trump "is doing American politics and I let him do American politics".

"Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the US, China and Russian Federation". They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along.

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

"Diplomacy is not made through tweets but through bilateral discussions", Macron said during Wednesday's weekly Cabinet meeting in comments reported by Griveaux. "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". Macron has publicly criticized Trump's nationalist politics, his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, dismissal of the Paris climate accord and belligerence toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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