Iran has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of fomenting “extremism” over the publication of blasphemous sketches in France.
According to the details, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet that Muslims are the primary victims of the “cult of hatred”—empowered by colonial regimes & exported by their own clients.
“Insulting 1.9B Muslims—& their sanctities—for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech. It only fuels extremism,” he added.
Muslims are the primary victims of the "cult of hatred"—empowered by colonial regimes & exported by their own clients.
Insulting 1.9B Muslims—& their sanctities—for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech.
It only fuels extremism.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) October 26, 2020
Hundreds of people protested outside the French embassy in Iran and Iraq against the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France.
In Baghdad, the rally was headed by, Aqeel al-Qadimi, who demanded the French president to apologize to Muslims.
He said that they strongly condemn and reject the comments in support of Emmanuel Macron’s blasphemous sketches.
The protest was massive and police deployed on the French embassy in Baghdad.
Protesters burned French flags and chanted slogans against the French president.
It should be noted that yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticised to French President Macron’s controversial policies on Muslims, saying that Emmanuel Macron needed a “mental treatment”.
France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations following a statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Controversial statement by the French president Macron
The British news agency Reuters reported that a teacher at a school in France this month showed blasphemous sketches published in 2006 by the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo during freedom of expression lesson.
A few days later, a man killed the teacher, who was shot dead by police on the spot, and the case was linked to a terrorist organization.
Following the incident, the French president called the teacher who showed the blasphemous sketches a “hero” and awarded him France’s highest civilian honour.
The British newspaper The Independent reported that the French president himself attended the teacher’s last rites in Paris, after which the blasphemous sketches published by Charlie Hebdo were displayed for several hours on town hall buildings in two French cities.
Earlier last month, when French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo re-published the blasphemous sketches, French President Emmanuel Macron said that there was freedom of expression in France and he can’t give Charlie Hebdo order to stop publishing the blasphemous sketches was not acceptable.