This week, French President Francoise Hollande upped his international feud with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
I can’t quite tell how it started, only that according to Bloomberg, “Hollande and Trump have already swapped barbs, most recently when the real-estate mogul said in the aftermath of a string of terror attacks on France that he would not visit the country because “France is no longer France” and “Hollande responded his country would stay true to its values.”
But it’s definitely continuing, with the French president essentially calling Trump “sickening.”
Personally, I wouldn’t go that far about my party’s pick. I just find him unpredictable and immature. But even if I thought he was a no-holds-barred criminal like his rival, Hillary Clinton, I’d still be focusing on my own country’s immediate problems if I was Hollande.
Like I don’t know… the fact that terrorists were murdering my people left and right? Here’s a recap of the last two years in case he’s somehow forgotten, starting with 2015:
On January 7, 2015, Muslim extremists in Paris targeted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that had previously mocked Islam (and everything else).
As a result, 12 people died that day: 11 Charlie Hebdo employees and one policeman.
On January 8, 2015, another policeman was shot south of Paris, this time by Muslim convert Chérif Kouachi.
The following day, January 9, 2015, Kouachi took hostages at a Jewish supermarket in the French city of Vincennes, killing four. He was eventually shot dead himself. Elsewhere, the two brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack were killed as well.
On June 26, 2015, the ISIS-connected Yassine Salhi beheaded his employer before driving his van into gas cylinders in Lyon, injuring two.
On August 21, 2015, a 25-year-old Moroccan tried shooting up a train that had just crossed into France. Thanks to the heroics of certain passengers, nobody died during the attack.
On November 13, 2015, hell broke loose on Paris in the form of three suicide bombings during an international football match, followed up by shootings at bars and a music venue. The savage attacks left 129 people dead and 352 injured.
Skip ahead to June 14, 2016, where an ISIS-inspired Muslim stabbed a police officer and his partner to death in Paris.
Exactly a month later, a Muslim refugee drove a truck straight through a crowded street in Nice, murdering more than 80 people and critically injuring another 50. And then 12 days after that, a priest was murdered during mass in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
So please, someone tell me… With all those terrorist attacks, how in the world does Hollande still have time to criticize Trump?