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Trump makes my stomach turn, says Hollande

Published 03/08/2016

Francois Hollande criticised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
Francois Hollande criticised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

French president Francois Hollande has strongly criticised US presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying some of the things the Republican nominee does make him sick.

"Some excesses make your stomach turn, even in the United States, especially when - as did Donald Trump - he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier," Mr Hollande said, according to sources at a meeting with members of the French Presidential Press Association.

Mr Hollande was referring to Mr Trump's recent comments about captain Humayun Khan, a US Muslim soldier killed in Iraq in 2004.

Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Mr Hollande's comments were a response to Mr Trump's recent verbal attacks on France.

"In this (US presidential) campaign, there are some extremely unusual types of comments," Mr Le Foll told reporters following a Cabinet meeting.

Last month, Mr Trump singled out France as one country he would subject to the "extreme vetting" he is proposing for those seeking to enter the United States, a move he says is necessary to deter attacks by people coming from countries "compromised by terrorism".

France has been hit by a series of attacks carried out by Islamic extremists since 2015.

Mr Le Foll also said that US president Barack Obama was "well qualified" to make comments describing Mr Trump as "unfit" and "woefully unprepared" to serve in the White House.

In June, Mr Hollande said he would consider Mr Trump's election dangerous and it would complicate relationships between Europe and the United States, in an interview with Les Echos newspaper.

AP

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