Last Friday President Donald Trump gave a speech at a National Rifle Association (NRA) event in Texas. Among other things, Mr. Trump described how differently things would have gone at the Bataclan restaurant — where Islamic terrorists massacred hundreds of people back in 2015 — if even one person at the event had been packing heat.
The French political elites — including all the talking heads on TV — were united in their sanctimonious outrage at the effrontery of the American president for saying such things. They demanded a public apology.
We hear from our French contacts that although French TV was filled with the fury of the bien-pensants, what Mr. Trump actually said last Friday was scrupulously omitted — the viewer just saw stills or silent footage of the president at the NRA.
So Vlad had a bright idea: subtitle the original footage of President Trump in French, as a public service. Then the French people can actually read and see what all the outrage is about.
Many thanks to Ava Lon (French to English) and Nathalie (English to French) for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Here’s an objective, unbiased (ahem) account of the brouhaha from CNN:
Trump angers France and Britain with his NRA speech
(CNN) US President Donald Trump took aim at two of America’s closest allies in a speech at the NRA convention, saying strict gun laws failed to prevent the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and highlighting a purported increase in knife violence in London.
The comments provoked anger in both France and Britain.
France was especially incensed after Trump, while speaking at the gun rights convention in Dallas on Friday, pointed his hand as if it were a gun while describing how each of the victims in Paris was fatally shot.
“They took their time and gunned them down one by one — boom, come over here, boom, come over here, boom,” he said.
The French foreign ministry issued a statement Saturday after Trump’s comments.
“France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump’s remarks … and calls for the respect of the memory of the victims,” it said.
Francois Hollande, who was the French President during the 2015 attacks, tweeted Saturday:
“Donald Trump’s shameful remarks and obscene histrionics say a lot about what he thinks of France and its values. The friendship between our two peoples will not be tainted by disrespect and excessiveness. All my thoughts go to the victims of November 13.”
Trump went on to say things might have been different had Parisians in the cafes under attack had been armed.
“If one employee or just one patron had a gun, or if one person in this room had been there with a gun, aimed at the opposite direction, the terrorists would have fled or been shot. And it would have been a whole different story,” Trump said.
(Three separate clips were combined in this video. The transcripts are listed separately with the original times. Mr. Trump’s words are included in both the French translation and the original English.)
|00:00||Are you asking tonight that Emmanuel Macron personally request an apology|
|00:03||from President Donald Trump? —If Jean-Luc Melenchon were president of the Republic,|
|00:07||we would have asked him to apologise. But you can’t make someone drink who isn’t thirsty. And you|
|00:10||don’t get apologies from a vulgar person. I’m afraid that we won’t be able to manage it.|
|00:16||Voilà. It’s his style: this brutality, this violence. But in truth France,|
|00:20||which is a large country, should say: Mr. US President, apologise!|
|00:24||It’s unacceptable, it’s intolerable, voilà. And I think that’s the least we should get.|
|00:28||How to say it? It’s not only — from what I understand— a basic disagreement with Mr. Trump, —|
|00:32||beyond what we can see here — that he is racist, violent and so on.|
|00:36||I repeat: France certainly shouldn’t — unlike Monsieur Macron, who|
|00:40||thought it was OK — consider that the person and his politics|
|00:44||wouldn’t be a problem.
|00:00||[That] the American president, after having Emmanuel Macron|
|00:04||a couple of days ago, and showing — and it’s good!— this friendship between|
|00:08||the two countries, could have such a discourse, with those gestures on top of all|
|00:12||which, I think were received as a slap in the face and as|
|00:16||an attitude of an intolerable vulgarity; no , there it deserves|
|00:20||in fact, an apology and a very powerful call to reason|
|00:24||directed at the American president. You cannot behave like that|
|00:28||towards a friendly country with which you are engaged in a fight against the|
|00:32||terrorism. —Incidentally, there is a very official reaction from Quai d’Orsay which asked|
|00:36||Donald Trump to really respect the memory of the victims and the families.|
|00:40||Also the victims are very affected by that. The problem is — and you know it as well as we do —|
|00:44||Donald Trump gives very little importance to the foreign countries. Can you really imagine|
|00:49||apologies from the American president?|
|00:53||Well, first, I’m very pleased with French reaction and that from the Quai d’Orsay.|
|00:57||We will never understand the suffering|
|01:01||of the victims, of the families — we know them all — of the Bataclan, incidentally|
|01:05||of other sites which were affected by the attacks. We know, in fact,|
|01:09||you are right, that Donald Trump is thinking above all about the November elections|
|01:13||and about his own re-election. But, well, I think that we need to push the message|
|01:17||very clearly: [when] Americans were victims of attacks,|
|01:21||France stood by the side of the USA and [by the side of] all the|
|01:25||victims on 9/11; and also well afterwards, well, so|
|01:29||we need to transmit the clear message that whatever the reaction of Donald Trump, France cannot|
|01:34||allow to remain unanswered what is a true wound.
|21:28||Parlons maintenant des armes à feu,|
|21:31||si vous le voulez bien.|
|21:35||Paris*, capitale de la France, possède la législation la plus restrictive qui soit en ce qui concerne le port d’armes à feu.|
|21:40||Leur président vient de quitter Washington. Emmanuel,|
|21:43||c’est un type bien. Personne à Paris ne détient d’armes à feu, personne.|
|21:48||Et nous nous souvenons tous des plus de 130 hommes et femmes,|
|21:53||plus le grand nombre de victimes qui ont été|
|21:56||horriblement blessées, et vous remarquerez que personne n’en parle jamais,|
|21:59||ils ne parlent que des morts.|
|22:02||Mais il ne mentionnent jamais ces 250 autres personnes|
|22:05||victimes de blessures|
|22:09||atroces. Jamais ils n’en parlent.|
|22:12||Mais ils sont bien morts dans un restaurant et autres|
|22:16||endroits à proximité…|
|22:19||Ils ont été tués de manière brutale par un petit groupe de terroristes|
|22:22||Ils étaient armés. Ils ont pris leur temps…|
|22:27||et ils les ont abattus, un par un.|
|22:30||BOUM! Viens par ici, BOUM! Viens par ici, BOUM!|
|22:36||Si vous étiez là,|
|22:41||si vous étiez parmi ces gens, et ceux qui ont survécu ont dit:|
|22:46||“ça a duré une éternité.”|
|22:50||Mais si un employé|
|22:53||ou même un des clients avait eu une arme à feu,|
|22:56||ou si une seule personne ici dans cette pièce|
|23:00||avait été là, avec un fusil pointé sur les agresseurs,|
|23:05||les terroristes se seraient enfuis ou auraient été abattus.|
|23:09||et l’issue aurait été bien différente.
* There are several towns and cities called Paris in the USA.
|21:28||So let’s talk about guns,|
|21:35||Paris, France has the toughest gun laws in the world.|
|21:40||[The] president just left Washington. Emmanuel.|
|21:43||Great guy. Nobody has guns in Paris, nobody.|
|21:48||And we all remember more than 130 people|
|21:53||plus tremendous numbers of people that were…|
|21:56||horribly, horribly wounded, you notice nobody ever talks about that|
|21:59||they talk about the people that died.|
|22:02||But they never mention that 250 people…|
|22:05||had horrible, horrible…|
|22:09||wounds. I mean, they never mention that.|
|22:12||But, they died in a restaurant and various other…|
|22:16||close proximity places…|
|22:19||They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists.|
|22:22||They had guns. They took their time…|
|22:27||And gunned them down, one by one.|
|22:30||BOOM come over here, BOOM come over here BOOM!|
|22:36||If you were in those rooms,|
|22:41||one of those people, and the survivors said:|
|22:46||“It just lasted for ever”.|
|22:50||But if one employee|
|22:53||or just one patron had a gun…|
|22:56||Or if one person in this room…|
|23:00||had been there with a gun aimed at the opposite direction,|
|23:05||the terrorists would have fled or been shot,|
|23:09||and it would have been a whole different story.