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Trump taunts France over Paris Accord after day of protests

After hooded rioters torched and looted shops in Paris' fabled tourist areas, President Donald Trump took aim at France suggesting its climate policy was to blame.

Trump taunts France over Paris Accord after day of protests
US President Donald Trump during a visit to Paris in November 2018. Photo: Sam Loeb/AFP
“How is the Paris Environmental Accord working out for France?” Trump, who is unconvinced of climate change despite years of scientific consensus, asked on Twitter.
   
“After 18 weeks of rioting by the Yellow Vest Protesters, I guess not so well! In the meantime, the United States has gone to the top of all lists on the Environment,” Trump said.
   
It was the second time Trump has used the example of the movement, which began in November over fuel tax hikes and grew into a rebellion against Macron's policies, in support of his environmental policies.
   
In December, the US president also stated, without citing evidence, that some of the protesters were found chanting “We Want Trump!”
   
“We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television at the time.
   
“I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be.” 
   
Saturday's participation level in Paris was seen as a test of the ongoing strength of the movement.
   
In recent weeks, the protests have shrunk. But the interior ministry estimated the turnout in Paris Saturday at 10,000, out of around 32,300 nationwide.
   
French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a skiing trip in the Pyrenees to return to Paris for a crisis meeting, vowing to take strong action.

Member comments

  1. ‘Some of the protesters were found chanting We want Trump’. Perhaps they just wanted to Guillotine the idiot.

  2. Trump started his business with ‘two empty hands’ and a $400 million check from daddy. He squandered the money and had to be bailed out by family. What an achievement! Along the way he refused to pay many of the subcontractors on his building projects. Thanks to an antiquated election system he was elected by a minority in 15 states. One of those states is Wisconsin where I spent 20 years of my life. His typical voter (many of these live in Wisconsin) can’t add fractions and is functionally illiterate. He interferes in the affairs of other countries with for example the US ambassador to Germany mouthing off in public. France has warned Trump to stay out of French affairs, but he keeps sending stupid tweets. He thinks EU made cars are a threat to US national security while BMW and Mercedes assembled in US are safe. This is the epitome of hypocrisy but his base loves it. Trump now wants Germany to pay the US for defense costs plus 50%. Seriously isn’t it time for Europe to stand up to the Bully?

  3. The trouble is that with all the lies he tells, his nose is so long he can’t keep it within the bounds of the USA!

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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