'Allies owe each other respect,' Macron says of Trump tweets

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Trump's tweet on Tuesday that said "MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!" revived French national pride on social media.

The November 13, 2015, attacks, perpetrated by a network of Islamic State-affiliated gunmen on a number of sites across the French capital, including the Bataclan concert hall, were the bloodiest on French soil since World War II.

Nursing grievances from a weekend visit to France, Trump lit into French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defence force, over French tariffs on United States wine and even Macron's approval ratings.

"At every moment of our history, we were allies, so between allies, respect is due", Mr Macron told TF1 television.

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with US President Donald Trump after a meeting at the Elysee Palace on the eve of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France, Saturday.

It was a dignified, measured, and thoughtful response that revealed what is lacking the American president.

Trump first came for Macron's and the rest of Europe's checkbooks in a November 10th tweet in reference to the EU Army versus North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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A bromance that had already been strained by trade tensions appeared to completely fall apart after Macron suggested to French radio that Europe needs to build up its defense forces to protect against possible threats, including the US.

Indeed, the U.S. President, who has pilloried European countries for failing to bear their fair share of the defence burden as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, seemed to take Mr. Macron's plan for a "real" European army as a threat and insult rather than a sign that the French President was acting on Mr. Trump's urgings.

"Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not!"

"It's the ally with which we take all the risks, with which we carry out the most complicated operations".

The battles with May and Macron are the latest example of Trump's abrasive style when meeting worldwide leaders. "We were commemorating the murder of 130 of our people".

"So I'll reply in English: "Common decency" would have been appropriate", Griveaux said.

In a TV interview, Macron said on Wednesday of the broadside, "I do not do policy or diplomacy by tweets", according to the New York Times. Trump and Macron disagreed on many global issues, including the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal or Trump's decision to slap tariffs on European metals exports.

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