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Paris mayor fires back at Donald Trump

28 February 2017

Speaking to journalists at the Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris, Mr Hollande said Mr Trump had told him in a recent phone call about "all the love he held for Paris and France, that he loved France and that there was no more attractive country than France".

"We have some things to work on in the United States".

President Trump and his friend "Jim" may have a little explaining to do. "We have to be smart".

On the red carpet with wife Amal in the city to receive an honorary Cesar - France's equivalent of the Oscars - Clooney quipped: "Yes, no one wants to go to Paris any more because it's awful here, apparently". Paris is no longer Paris.' That was four years, four, five years, hasn't gone there.

Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this week that a "friend" said he would not visit France because of the spate of terror attacks on the nation. "He wouldn't miss it for anything, now he doesn't even think in terms of going there". We have to be smart.

What has proved far more deadly here is the preponderance of guns: As Guardian writer Gary Younge pointed out, it's far more likely for an American to be killed by a toddler with a gun than in a terrorist attack.

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Trump's comments also drew a rebuke from the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

Hours after the president spoke, she directed her message to Trump and "his friend Jim".

As for the Mayor of Paris, she responded with a very Disney-themed tweet that roughly translates as: "To Donald and his friend Jim, from the Eiffel Tower we celebrate the attractiveness of Paris with Mickey and Minnie". "Sweden. who would believe this?" and then faced a great deal of ire having inferred that the country had suffered a non-existent terrorist attack. He later sought to clarify his comments by saying that he was speaking generally about rising crime in the country, which he blamed - without evidence - on refugees.

Trump lightheartedly acknowledged the incident on Friday at CPAC, but didn't back down.

Mr Trump said "Jim" replied: "Paris?" And it turned out that they didn't - not too many of them did.

"Take a look at what's happened in France".

Paris mayor fires back at Donald Trump