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Friday, February 26, 2021

Iran Summons French Diplomat Over Alleged Anti-Islam Remarks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the French charge d’affaires to Tehran last Oct. 26 over alleged Anti-Islam remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the French charge d’affaires to Tehran last Oct. 26 over alleged Anti-Islam remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned French diplomat Florent Aydalot after Macron delivered a speech in tribute last Oct. 21 to schoolteacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded last Oct. 16 by a suspected Islam terrorist after showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad to his class.

Macron defended freedom of speech and said that Paty “was killed because Islamists want out future.” He added that France will “not give up our cartoons, the drawings, even if others recoil.”

“Any insult to, and disrespect for Prophet Muhammad and the pure values of Islam, by any individual and with any position, is strongly condemned and rejected,” the Deputy Director General for European Affairs of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a meeting with Aydalot.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh also condemned the remarks last Oct. 24, saying, “There is no doubt that the unjustifiable stance adopted by the French officials is not the appropriate and prudent response to extremism and violence that is condemned itself, and would further promote hatred.”

Last Oct. 2, Macron also said in a speech against separatism that Islam was currently “experiencing a crisis all over the world” as the religion was “being infected by these radical manifestations.” He also said that France “must combat radical Islamism.”

Macron’s remarks have sparked protests and a call to boycott French products in several Islamic countries, including Tunisia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

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