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French president requests respect following Trump’s tweets

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron said France and the United States must respect each other,
in a response to a flurry of critical tweets by President Trump.

Macron said in an interview Wednesday with French television TF1 from the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of southern France that ‘‘the French don’t expect from me to answer to tweets.’’

Trump lit into Macron Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defense force, French tariffs on US wine, and even Macron’s approval ratings.

Asked whether Trump’s four tweets were unpleasant and inelegant, the French leader answered: ‘‘You summed up everything.’’


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

‘‘To be honest, I don’t do diplomacy or politics through tweets and comments,’’ he added.

Earlier Wednesday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux suggested that the US president lacked ‘‘common decency’’ by launching his broadside on a day when France was mourning victims of the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

associated press