In the wake of mocking tweets by US President Donald Trump targeting the policies of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, the European country's foreign minister says Washington should not be meddling into the country's internal affairs.
“We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television on Sunday.
“I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be.”
The US president recently posted messages on Twitter in regard to the "yellow vest" protest movement in France. He also attacked the Paris climate agreement.
“Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe 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?” Trump suggested.
Trump had earlier posted, “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France.”
Le Drian said President Macron wanted dialogue with protesters and would offer solutions when he addresses the nation early next week. “I think his remarks will be strong enough for the movement to halt, or at least for the hooligans to be put off.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, the top French diplomat expressed concern over remarks among some protesters calling for an “insurrection” in France.
“As foreign minister I travel around the world and I know — you can witness it in certain countries — how fragile democracy is,” Le Drian said. “I hear people saying, ‘This is an insurrection’. That is not the republic I know.”
Other French politicians have also responded angrily to Trump’s latest tweets, including Joachim Son-Forget, a lawmaker from Macron’s party, who dubbed the US president “Donald the Senile.”
"DON'T INSULT MY COUNTRY DOTARD," he posted, employing an antiquated insult previously used against Trump by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.
“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. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.”
The US president has also recently retweeted one of several posts falsely claiming that French protesters were chanting his name. The videos that have been used to support this claim were in fact filmed at a far-right protest in the British capital, London, earlier this year.
The ongoing protests in France are not directly linked to the Paris climate agreement, which was signed in 2015 and has since been abandoned by Trump.