Al-Qaeda threatens Macron over remarks on Islam

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urged its followers Monday to kill anyone insulting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and threatened French President Emmanuel Macron over his remarks on Islam. Last month Macron defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) on the grounds of freedom of speech, launching a campaign against Islamic radicalism and… Continue reading Al-Qaeda threatens Macron over remarks on Islam

‘Shame on you, Macron’: Iran’s Khamenei condemns France for blasphemy

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the French president’s defence of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) a “stupid act” and an “insult” to those who voted for him. “Ask your president why he supports insulting God’s messenger in the name of freedom of expression. Does freedom of expression mean insulting, especially… Continue reading ‘Shame on you, Macron’: Iran’s Khamenei condemns France for blasphemy

‘Do not mess with Turkey’: Turkish President Erdogan takes on France’s Macron

The relationship between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan has degenerated in recent months from diplomatic disagreements to annoyance to outright insults. They have clashed over the wars in Syria and Libya, a scramble for natural gas in the Mediterranean and now on Macron’s vow to uphold secular values, including… Continue reading ‘Do not mess with Turkey’: Turkish President Erdogan takes on France’s Macron

Will Arab countries heed Muslim boycott of French products?

France urged Arab countries to stop calls for boycotts of French products while President Emmanual Macron vowed the country would never give in to Islamic radicals. French commodities, including fashion brands, are wildly popular in the Arab world. Comments made recently by Macron about Islamic militants and his reaction to the October 16 murder of… Continue reading Will Arab countries heed Muslim boycott of French products?

Republication of blasphemous cartoons is insult to Muslims: Iran

Iran has condemned as a “provocation” French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s republication of cartoons insulting to Islam to mark the opening of the trial into a 2015 attack on its offices. In a statement issued late Thursday, the foreign ministry said the reissue of the cartoons, first published by a Danish newspaper in 2005, was an… Continue reading Republication of blasphemous cartoons is insult to Muslims: Iran