Long live France! India fully supports French President Macron

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In a development that shows the proximity between India and France, New Delhi has come in full support of French President Emmanuel Macron, who is faced with not very charitable remarks, especially after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Turkish president attacked the French president after the latter called for action against what he called “Islamist separatism”.
The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement: “We deeply deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language against President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse.”
The whole development started with the beheading of a schoolteacher Samuel Paty in a suburb of Paris after showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The 47-year-old was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen Muslim.
The MEA “condemned” the “brutal terrorist attack” that claimed the life of a French teacher in a “horrible way that shocked the world” and offered “its condolences to his family and the French people.”
The French envoy to India, Emmanuel Lenain, thanked the MEA for its support by tweeting: “France and India can always count on each other in the fight against terrorism”.
Interestingly, earlier this week #StandWithFrance was all the rage on Twitter. In fact, according to some French media, the hashtag actually started in India.
India and France have strengthened their commitment in recent years. In addition, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will be in Paris this weekend.
The MEA announcing the visit said: “India’s relations with France, Germany and the United Kingdom are based on shared democratic values ​​and are informed by a common interest in issues such as sustainable development and climate change “.
Outside India, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke out in full support of France. He tweeted: “President Erdogan’s words to President @EmmanuelMacron are unacceptable. The Netherlands strongly supports France and the collective values ​​of the European Union. For freedom of expression and against extremism and radicalism. “
The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs also spoke in favor of France. Canadian FM tweeted, We are in solidarity with our French friends. Turkey’s recent comments on France are totally unacceptable. We must return to respectful diplomatic exchanges. We will always be united in upholding freedom of expression with respect. @JY_LeDrian. ”

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