US President Donald Trump took aim at two of America's closest allies in a speech at the NRA convention, saying strict gun laws failed to prevent the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and highlighting a purported increase in knife violence in London.
The comments provoked anger in both France and Britain.
France was especially incensed after Trump, while speaking at the gun rights convention in Dallas on Friday, pointed his hand as if it were a gun while describing how each of the victims in Paris was fatally shot.
"They took their time and gunned them down one by one -- boom, come over here, boom, come over here, boom," he said.
The Élysée palace issued a statement Saturday that said, "France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump's remarks ... and calls for the respect of the memory of the victims."
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