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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Mr Macron’s defense of publishing satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad encouraged extremism. In a tweet shared on his Twitter account, Mr Zarif said: “Muslims are the primary victims of the ‘cult of hate’ – fueled by colonial regimes and exported by their own customers.

“Insulting 1.9B Muslims – and their sanctity – for the heinous crimes of these extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of expression.
“It only fuels extremism.”

Mr. Macron had already commented on the murder of a French teacher at the hands of a Chechen teenager.

Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 after showing students caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed “because the Islamists want our future”.

Mr Macron said in a tweet on Sunday: “We will never give in.

“We do not accept hate speech and stand for reasonable debate.”

The French president pledged to fight against “Islamist separatism”, which he said the Muslim communities in France were threatened.

During a visit to the Paris suburb of Les Mureaux, Mr Macron said: “What we have to fight against is Islamist separatism.

Speaking at a provincial congress of his Justice and Development (AK) party on Saturday, Erdogan said: “What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level.

“What else can we say to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and thus behaves to millions of people living in his country and belonging to a different religion?

“First of all, do mental checks.”

Mr. Erdogan’s remarks led France to recall its ambassador to Turkey and to qualify his remarks as “unacceptable”.


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