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‘When You Lower Your Standards…’: President Hollande Responds to Trump’s Swipe on France

hollandeDonald Trump took a shot at France yesterday over their approach to national security, while adding that “they won’t like me for saying that.” Well, if President Francois Hollande‘s reaction is any indication, it would seem they really don’t like him for saying that.

Trump’s comments came during his Wednesday press conference, where he brought up the massacre in Nice and the recent brutal murder of a French priest.

“I wouldn’t go to France… France is no longer France,” Trump said. “You saw what happened with the priest. It’s only going to get worse.”

The French president gave a speech today in the town of Rivesaltes, and though he did not mention Trump by name, it seemed like Hollande was responding to his comments by saying that France will hold onto its social and political virtues.

“When you lower your standards, you are no longer what you are. That’s something that may happen to others, on the other side of the Atlantic,” Hollande said. “France will always be France, because France will never yield and because France is always the bearer of ideals, values and principles, for which we are recognised throughout the world.”

Prime Minister Manuel Valls echoed the presidents words when he clapped back at Trump on Twitter.

[h/t France 24]
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