Following President Donald Trump’s various claims about the reasons behind the violent protests in France, he was urged by the country’s foreign minister not to interfere in France’s affairs.
“We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday. “I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be.”
A day before, Trump had used the protests in France as justification for his claim that the Paris Climate Agreement wasn’t “working out well” for the French people.
“Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment,” Trump said.
President Trump further claimed in a tweet that protesters in Paris chanted “We Want Trump!”
The French foreign minister quickly refuted Trump’s claim, saying “the yellow vest demonstration was not protesting in English, as far as I know.”
Le Drian further stressed that most Americans did not support Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate deal.
On Saturday, the President also tweeted “it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!”
The protests in Paris stemmed from French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to implement steep taxes on diesel fuel and gasoline as part of an effort to reduce emissions, but they soon grew into a protest expressing the general dissatisfaction of the people with the government’s policies.