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French woman trolls Trump over terror and goes viral in America

The response by a French women to Donald Trump’s tweet about last week’s machete attack at the Louvre has gone viral, not least for the choice word she used to describe the US president’s behaviour.

French woman trolls Trump over terror and goes viral in America
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The response by a French women to Donald Trump’s tweet about last week’s machete attack at the Louvre has gone viral, not least for the word she used to describe the US president’s behaviour.

Shortly after an Egyptian man attacked soldiers at a shopping centre next to the Louvre museum Donald Trump did what he does and took to Twitter.

“A new radical Islamist has just attacked in Louvre museum Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART US,” tweet the US president.

He fired off the tweet just as his controversial travel ban on citizens from several Muslim countries, which he says is necessary to protect America from terrorists, has been scuppered for now by the courts.

Trump’s tweet, as they all tend to know, caused a fair amount of uproar in France as he was accused of trying to capitalize on the attack.

It seems the response by Frenchwoman Engie Wild (a pseudonym) has proved the most popular.

Since she published her response on Facebook, it has received over 300,000 reactions, and has been shared over 250,000 times.

The full post is below in English, but Engie appears to have won fans not just for correcting Trump’s alternative facts, and setting the record straight about how the French aren't actually “on edge”, but also by her choice of word to describe Trump’s actions: “Arseholery”.

“I just love the fact a French lady used the word arseholery,” wrote one impressed reader.

“Brilliant, love the word arseholery,” wrote another.

Wild told Buzzfeed news she wrote the post for the benefit of her American friends who are anti-Trump, but was shocked to see it go viral.

Let’s just say she might have struck a chord with a few people around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TAX

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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