France says Trump should have shown ‘decency’ on Paris attacks anniversary

Trump in France finally visits WW I cemetery endures criticism of French president and other world leaders

Back from Paris, President Trump warns U.S. allies about military 'protection'

French decathlon champion Kevin Mayer tweeted "work in progress, dear Donald", posting a photo of his recent world record, beating US athlete Ashton Eaton's previous mark.

Trump also tackled the remark in another tweet, writing: 'Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russian Federation.

Earlier Wednesday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux suggested that the USA president lacked "common decency" by launching his broadside on a day when France was mourning victims of the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

The French president's office said Tuesday that it would not comment on the flurry of angry tweets from Trump.

Trump also blasted Emmanuel Macron over the French president's call for a European army, a proposal the USA leader earlier had dubbed "insulting". "[It] is a betrayal of patriotism", Macron said at an worldwide ceremony honoring World War I service members.

"They were starting to learn German in Paris before the USA came along", Trump said, in a low blow sure to gall French allies. "Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not!" tweeted the president, who returned from a trip to France on Sunday.

He also complained about tariffs on United States wines in France, appeared to take a dig at President Emmanuel Macron's approval ratings, and attempted to defend his self-proclaimed nationalism by saying, "There is no country more Nationalist than France", all in a matter of hours.

Macron's comments were inaccurately reported and Trump continues to misrepresent them, seemingly for political hay.

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Mr Macron's retraction momentarily pacified Mr Trump, who was back in fight mode on Tuesday morning.

It comes after a meeting in Paris on Saturday in which the two appeared to smooth over their differences and agreed that Europe needed to pay more towards its defence costs.

Both French officials and the White House said any misunderstandings had been cleared up after Macron and Trump held talks on Saturday.

He advised the French president to "make France great again".

According to the Wine Institute, the European Union levies tariffs ranging from 11 to 29 cents per bottle of USA wine.

Mr Trump cancelled his visit to American war cemetery at Belleau in France on the weekend due to poor weather.

Although Macron's most egregious insults were leveled at Trump, during his Armistice Day speech, Macron also took potshots at UK's Prime Minister Theresa May. Macron's promotion of a "true European army" that would include members of the European Union is also meant to be a rebuke of nationalism, although many experts say the idea is not operational. "T$3 here is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!" Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown.

He criticized the media for not reporting his speech at an American cemetery on Sunday in the pouring rain.

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