French President Emmanuel Macron has slammed a New York Times media correspondent to criticize his English-language coverage of France’s stance after recent attacks which he alleged as “legitimizing” violence.
French President Emmanuel Macron has slammed Ben Smith, a New York Times media correspondent to criticize his English-language coverage of France’s stance after recent attacks which he alleged as “legitimizing” violence.
“So when I see, in that context, several newspapers which I believe are from countries that share our values… when I see them legitimizing this violence, and saying that the heart of the problem is that France is racist and Islamophobic, then I say the founding principles have been lost,” said Macron.
Smith defended his piece and said that Macron believed mainstream or foreign media failed to understand France’s concept of “laicite,” or secularism.
Macron made news last month for defending his country’s stance on extremism, secularism, and its long tradition of satire after the beheading last month of teacher Samuel Paty, who showed his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on free speech.
Macron was also reportedly offended by a Financial Times opinion article on Nov. 3, “Macron’s war on Islamic separatism only divides France further.”
The Financial Times piece was later taken down for alleged factual errors and Macron claimed that he was “pictured with words which are not his,” by that article.