If Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is elected president it would be “dangerous” and "complicate" relations between Europe and the United States, French President Francois Hollande warned on Wednesday, according to AFP.
"Those who say that Donald Trump could not possibly become the next president of the United States are the same ones who thought that Brexit would never be voted in," the French president said, referring to last week`s British referendum which backed withdrawal from the European Union.
Trump was running on the kind of slogans peddled by the extreme right in France and elsewhere in Europe, said Hollande in an interview to be published Thursday in the French financial daily Les Echos.
When asked whether a Trump presidency would be a dangerous thing he answered "yes".
Trump`s presence in the White House "would complicate relations between Europe and the United States," Hollande added, according to AFP.
Trump has caused an uproar both at home and abroad due to his comments calling to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the U.S. due to security concerns, as well as his call to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
His proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States drew the ire of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, who called the idea "stupid, divisive and wrong".
Last month French Prime Minister Manuel Valls accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of being a "bad man", noted AFP.
Trump has criticized the continent's leaders as "weak" and accused them of taking inadequate measures to combat terrorism following the Islamist attacks on Brussels in March.