Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday hit back at Donald Trump after the USA president criticised France in a veiled attack on its immigration policies and those of its European allies.
"I have a friend, he's a very, very substantial guy", Trump said in a speech Friday to the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Hollande called for Trump to support USA allies.
Last year, Hollande was heckled by angry farmers during his a visit to the annual worldwide agricultural show due to growing frustration and desperation by French farmers who said persistent low prices could have put thousands of farms out of business. "Take a look at what's happened in France", Trump said.
'I wouldn't do it with the United States and I'm urging the USA president not to do it with France, ' Hollande said. It was automatic. I said, 'Jim, let me ask you a question.
"Take a look at what happened in Sweden".
Hollande called on Trump to show more solidarity after he told the story of a friend named "Jim" who thought that "Paris is no longer Paris" after a series of attacks which rocked the French capital. I love Sweden - great country great people. I don't go there anymore. "He wouldn't miss it for anything, now he doesn't even think in terms of going there".
Trump often mentions the Paris anecdote when he talks about keeping terrorists out of the US.
On Bastille Day of past year, an ISIS-aligned terrorist drove a truck through a crowd in Nice, killing 86.
She said: "To Donald and his friend Jim, from the Eiffel Tower, we're celebrating the attractiveness of Paris with Mickey and Minnie". "And we have to be smart".