“I understand that one can be shocked by cartoons, but I will never accept that one can justify violence. Our freedoms, our rights, I consider it our vocation to protect them ”. In an interview of nearly an hour given to Al Jazeera, Emmanuel Macron defends the French model. The interview is due to air this Saturday at 5 p.m. on the Qatari channel.
After the many demonstrations in Muslim countries that occurred after the support for the cartoons of the French president during his speech in tribute to Samuel Paty, the head of state is trying to respond and calm tensions.
According to the entourage of the President of the Republic, the objective of this long interview is to seek for the President of the Republic to “explain his vision in a peaceful manner” with the desire to demonstrate that “his words on the fight against separatism are distorted and those on the often caricatured caricatures “
“Counter the untruths”
It is a question of “countering untruths, rather than letting them prosper and re-explaining the foundations of the republican model,” said those around him.
In the interview, Emmanuel Macron underlines in particular, according to Al-Jazeera, that the cartoons were not published by the government, but by free and independent newspapers.
On October 22, during the national tribute to Samuel Paty, the Head of State declared: “We will defend freedom (…) and we will promote secularism, we will not renounce caricatures, drawings, even if others retreat ”.
His remarks triggered a flood of criticism in many Muslim-majority countries, where calls to boycott French products and to demonstrate have been launched.
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