On Friday, a man armed with two machetes attacked a military patrol at the Carrousel du Louvre, an underground shopping centre in Paris. He injured a soldier, and was himself wounded in the stomach by bullets fired by another soldier.
Only a few hours after the attack, while many details were still unknown to the public, US President Donald Trump tweeted about the event.
Egie Wild (a pseudonym), an English-speaking Parisian, decided to answer the American president, point by point, via a Facebook post. Since she wrote it on Friday, her post has been shared over 200,000 times.
The post reads:
Dear Mr Trump,
thank you for your concern.
A man has indeed attacked a soldier with two machetes this morning in Paris.
It wasn't in the Louvre Museum, it was in the Carrousel du Louvre, which is a mall. (Less symbolic than what you're implying.)
He didn't attack any tourist (or french people -apart from the soldier- either, by the way, thank you again for your concern) and he was instantly attacked back by another soldier, and wounded.
The crowd has been kept inside after that by order of the army for security reasons, but not for any kind of hostage situation. (Your tweet is -voluntarily?- ambiguous)
France is not on edge again, at all. I learnt about the attack 10 hours after it happened (even though it was in the media earlier), and I spent 1h30 in another mall in Paris at lunch today without any kind of military reinforcement (I mean, just the usual since Charlie Hebdo or nov 2015 attacks).
Oh and by the way, the man is from Egypt, you know, the country you didn't ban from entering the US (because of your personnal affairs?)
Again, thank you for your concern, but don't use France as an excuse for your arseholery. You're the one encouraging fear with your distortion of truth.
PS : GET SMART U.S. : Don't believe anything that he says without checking facts first.
Wild received thousands of comments on her post, praising her humor and deriding Trump.
It was the discrepancy between what Trump wrote and what she saw in the press that led Wild to write her post.
"I saw the tweet and then I read the French press. And I realized that it was not in the Louvre, but in the Carrousel, and that he was an Egyptian immigrant, so I wanted to say something," she said. "I have found that this tweet is exaggerated, that's why I wanted to correct it."
Wild told BuzzFeed News that she did not expect her post to be so successful.
"I listed it as public because I have American friends who are opposed to Trump... but I did not think that I'd have 200 likes and go beyond the second circle of my friends," she said.
This post was translated from French.
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