France slams Pres. Trump for remarks on guns and Paris attacks

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: U.S. President Donald Trump waves goodbye as he leaves an event in the Rose Garden to mark the National Day of Prayer at the White House May 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. The White House invited leaders from various faiths and religions to participate in the day of prayer, which was designated in 1952 by the United States Congress to ask people 'to turn to God in prayer and meditation.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PARIS — France is sternly rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump’s argument that if Parisians had more guns they could have stopped the deadly 2015 extremist attacks on the French capital.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed his “firm disapproval” of President Trump’s remarks and vigorously defended France’s gun controls.

In a statement Saturday, Le Drian said gun violence statistics “do not lead us to reconsider France’s choice on this issue.” Gun violence death rates are much higher in the U.S.

Le Drian continued: “Free circulation of weapons in society does not constitute a rampart against terrorist attacks, to the contrary, it can facilitate … this type of attack.”

Islamic State attackers killed 130 people in Paris’ Bataclan concert hall, cafes and the national stadium.

President Trump spoke at a National Rifle Association meeting.