US President Donald Trump insisted today on attributing the protests of the "yellow vests" in France to the supposed unpopularity of the Paris Agreement against climate change, and criticized again the idea of a "European Army" raised by his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
"The Paris Agreement is not working too well for Paris, there are protests and riots all over France, people do not want to pay huge sums of money, in many cases to third world countries (which are questionable), for maybe protect the environment, "he wrote on Twitter.
"(Protesters) Corean 'We want Trump!' I love France, "he added.
Last Tuesday, Trump also boasted that the violent protests of the "yellow vests" were a boost to his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, because they forced the French government to suspend for six months the rise of a fuel tax .
The "yellow vests" began their vindication against the increase of the taxes on the fuel and they have extended it later against the loss of purchasing power.
As he just landed in Paris in mid-November, Trump again lashed out against Macron's idea of creating a European Army, and stressed that what is needed is to increase the contributions of the old continent to NATO forces.
"The idea of a European Army did not work very well in the First or Second World War, but the United States was there for you, and always will be," Trump tweeted.
"All we ask is that you pay your fair share of NATO, Germany is paying 1% while the US pays 4.3% of a much higher GDP to protect Europe. Justice!" .
In fact, the United States devotes less than 3.6% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to NATO, according to figures from the Atlantic Alliance in 2017.