Hol­lande slams Repub­li­can nom­i­nee

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French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande has strongly crit­i­cised US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, say­ing some of the things the Repub­li­can 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,” Hol­lande said, ac­cord­ing to three peo­ple present at a meet­ing with mem­bers of the French Pres­i­den­tial Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

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

The three peo­ple con­firm­ing Hol­lande’s com­ments spoke only on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the re­marks were in­tended to be off the record.

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

“In this [US pres­i­den­tial] cam­paign, there are some ex­tremely un­usual types of com­ments,” Le Foll told re­porters fol­low­ing a Cab­i­net meet­ing yes­ter­day.

Last month, 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.

Le Foll also said that out­go­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was “well qual­i­fied” to make com­ments de­scrib­ing Trump as “un­fit” and “woe­fully un­pre­pared” to serve in the White House. Obama spoke dur­ing a White House news con­fer­ence on Tues­day.

In June, the Hol­lande said he would con­sider Trump’s elec­tion as dan­ger­ous and it would com­pli­cate re­la­tion­ships be­tween Europe and the US.

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