'Ridiculous': Trump Links Riots in France to 'Expensive' Paris Climate Deal

A demonstrators holds a flare during a demonstration of Yellow Vests (Gilets jaunes) against the rising of the fuel and oil prices on November 17, 2018 in Vendenheim, eastern France.

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AFP 2018 / Frederick FLORIN

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed the ongoing “yellow vest” protests against fuel prices hikes in France on what he called the “ridiculous and extremely expensive” Paris climate deal.

Earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to express his love to France, claiming that the “yellow vest” demonstrators were chanting “We Want Trump!” as a sign of solidarity with his tough stance on the Paris deal.

The Paris climate deal, created within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, went into force on November 4, 2016. It has been ratified by 184 of the 197 parties to the accord. The deal aims to keep the increase in average global temperature at below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year, Trump announced that the United States, one of the world’s largest producers of carbon emissions, would be withdrawing from the deal on climate change.

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