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READ: French Spokesman Benjamin Griveaux Says ‘November 13, We Were Marking the Murder of 130 of Our People…Common Decency Would Have Been Appropriate’

A rare international rebuke.
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Decency has never been the strong suit of President Donald Trump. While Americans may have gotten used to this, the French government is calling the President out for it.

It began in response to comments by French President Emmanuel Macron in favor of a united European defense system. Trump subsequently mocked France for being invaded by Germany in the Second World War and railed against Macron. Donald Trump posted the tweets on the third anniversary of the Bataclan terrorist attack in Paris which killed 130 people.

The comments were widely met with backlash given the solemnity of the day for the French people and the callousness with which Trump insulted the country.

Now, a spokesman for the French government, Benjamin Griveaux, is calling him out for it:

“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.”

Twitter users everywhere agreed.

Americans warned the French that expecting common decency was a lot to ask of the person occupying the highest office in the land.

Fresh off a France visit fraught with criticism, Trump’s Twitter tantrum was only the most recent in a series of missteps with one of the United States’ closest allies.

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