And as he has told the National Rifle Association in a recent speech, he believes that the record-high knife crime rates in the British capital city of London would go down if the United Kingdom let their strict gun laws loose and allowed for every British citizen to be packing firearms.
President Donald Trump sparked an uproar across the Atlantic after he suggested that London's knife problem is worse than gun violence in America and that France's strict gun laws got in the way of a faster end to the Paris terror attacks of 2015.
Soon after, the French foreign ministry issued a statement Saturday after Trump's comments.
In a statement Saturday, Le Drian said gun violence statistics "do not lead us to reconsider France's choice on this issue".
The statement continued: "Free circulation of arms in society does not constitute a defence against terrorism attacks". The National Rifle Association's annual meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday.
He told the audience, "Nobody has guns in Paris and we all remember more than 130 people, plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly, horribly wounded".
Victim associations and victims themselves immediately condemned the comments, with former association president Emmanuel Domenach writing in English on Twitter, "Dear Donald Trump, Go f*** yourself (you can use a gun if you want)".More news: Coli Outbreak Is Now Deadly
'But if one employee or just one patron had a gun - or if one person in this room had been there with a gun, aimed at the opposite direction - the terrorists would have fled or been shot, and it would have been a whole different story, ' he said.
Trump went on to point his hand as if it were a gun and started to reenact the Paris shooting. Come over here. Boom, come over here. Armed with assault rifles and suicide vests, they killed 130 people wounded 350.
Franois Hollande, who was French president at the time of the attacks, said Mr Trump's remarks were "shameful".
The US President refers to the terrorist attack of 2015, which was held in the French capital.
Valls simply said of Trump's remarks: "Indecent and incompetent". What more can I say?' "They have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital", Trump said.
Trauma surgeons in London, meanwhile, said Mr Trump had missed the point after, in the same speech, he linked knife crime there to an absence of guns.
The director of London's major trauma system said "to suggest guns are part of the solution [to combat knife crime] is ridiculous". "Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix". Knives, knives, knives, knives, ' he added, making stabbing gestures.