Karachi: Protesters in Pakistan burnt effigies of the French leader on Sunday and raised anti-French slogans. On the other hand, French President Emmanuel Macron tried to give a message to Muslims around the world to understand what he said.
President Macron also defended the freedom of expression and secular values of France in an interview with Qatar’s Arabic TV station Al-Jazeera. His office said the purpose of the interview was to clarify the misunderstanding of France’s position and the president’s words, which he says have been deemed out of context.
The President made it clear that his words were misinterpreted in the media, in which he was shown supporting the publication of the cartoon of Prophet Mohammad. He said, “I never said that.”
The President said, “I can understand that people were surprised by this cartoon but I will never accept that one can justify violence due to these cartoons.” And I always think about protecting freedom of expression in my country.
Protests have been taking place on this issue in Muslim-dominated countries for the last few days. On Sunday, hundreds of supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami, the main Islamic party in the Pakistani city of Karachi, burnt an effigy of Macros. The protesters raised slogans against Macros and called for a boycott of French goods.
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