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‘France just isn’t what it was,’ says Donald Trump

In an interview with a French magazine Donald Trump laments that France has changed and says he would have "opened fire" on the terrorists if he'd been in the Bataclan concert hall on the fateful night it was attacked by jihadists.

'France just isn't what it was,' says Donald Trump
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Trump, the front-runner to become the Republican candidate for the White House gave an interview to right wing French magazine Valleurs Actuelles in which he talked about the November Paris attacks and the state of France.

Trump believes the lesson France can learn from that night is that people should be allowed to carry guns.

“Do you really think that if there were people in the crowd, who were armed and trained, things would have turned out  the same way?,” Trump said.

“I don't think so. They would have killed the terrorists. It makes sense.

“I always have a gun on me. I can tell you that if I had been in the Bataclan or in the cafes I would have opened fire.

“I may have been killed, but I would have drawn.”

Trump, who knows how to stir up a hornet's nest also suggested that Fox News was right in its now infamous news report on the so-called “no-go zones” in Paris.

“Unfortunately France isn't what it was and Paris neither. There are areas where you have the impression that they are outside the law… that there are some lost territories of the Republic,” Trump went on.

“French friends tell me they sometimes no longer feel at home in their country,” said Trump who famously called for Muslims to be blocked from entering the US.

Fox News had to apologize several times for claiming there are “totally Muslim” no-go zones in Europe, comments that aired on the station following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France.

An expert on Fox News had outraged and baffled members of the French public after listing eight “no-go zones” for non-Muslims in Paris, areas where Islamic rules were adhered to rather than those of the French state. 
 
 
 
 

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TAXES

France aims for US digital tax deal by late August, despite Trump opposition

France wants to reach a deal with the US on taxing tech giants by a G7 meeting in late August, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Saturday.

France aims for US digital tax deal by late August, despite Trump opposition
French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire. Photo: AFP

He was responding to US President Donald Trump, who on Friday vowed “substantial” retaliation against France for a law passed this month on taxing digital companies even if their headquarters are elsewhere.

The law would affect US-based global giants like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, among others.

Trump denounced French President Emmanuel Macron's “foolishness”, though they discussed the issue by phone on Friday, according to the White House.

Macron confirmed that he had a “long” conversation with Trump, stressing the pair would “continue to work together in view of the G7”.

“We will discuss international taxation, trade and collective security”, he said Saturday.

His office earlier said Macron had told Trump that the tax on the tech giants was not just in France's interest but was something they both had a stake in.

Neither side revealed if they had also discussed Trump's threat to tax French wines in retaliation.

Le Maire took the same line at a news conference Saturday: “We wish to work closely with our American friends on a universal tax on digital activities.

“We hope between now and the end of August — the G7 heads of state meeting in Biarritz — to reach an agreement.”

Leaders of the Group of Seven highly industrialised countries are to meet in the southwestern French city on August 24-26.

Le Maire emphasised that “there is no desire to specifically target American companies,” since the three-percent tax would be levied on revenues generated from services to French consumers by all of the world's largest tech firms, including Chinese and European ones. 

But Deputy White House spokesman Judd Deere noted earlier that France's digital services tax was already the subject of an investigation at the US Trade Representative's office, potentially opening the door to economic sanctions.

“The Trump administration has consistently stated that it will not sit idly by and tolerate discrimination against US-based firms,” Deere said in a statement. 

The French law aims to plug a taxation gap that has seen some internet heavyweights paying next to nothing in European countries where they make huge profits, because their legal base is in smaller EU states.

France has said it would withdraw the tax if an international agreement was reached, and Paris hopes to include all OECD countries by the end of 2020.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is a Paris-based forum that advises the world's advanced economies.

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