Macron vs. Muslim World?

The murder of Samuel Paty, a French middle-school teacher, took place on 16 October 2020 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb of Paris. Following that, President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech praising Samuel Paty, murdered for showing cartoons of Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression. He emphasized the values upheld by the French Republic and their constitution. Macron said that France would not “give up” the caricatures and pledged to tackle extreme Islamism in the country, sparking demonstrations and triggering boycotts in Muslim-majority countries.

On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday during a speech in the capital Ankara: “I am calling on the people, do not go near French goods, do not buy them. European leaders must say ‘stop’ to Macron and his campaign of hatred.” For instance, Paty’s murder has reignited tensions surrounding secularism, Islamism and Islamophobia in France, but public anger in Islamic countries over Macron’s handling of the attack threatens to make it a diplomatic and economic issue too.

And lastly, french President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans for tougher laws to tackle what he called “Islamist separatism” and defend secular values because the tensions arise these last days.

We strongly condemn all terrorist attacks and kindly remind that terrorism has no religion. Nationalism and separatism are on the rise alongside islamophobia and xenophobia which makes Muslims scapegoats of unjustified attacks. Spreading hatred won’t solve the main issue of terrorism as it is an ideology and you can only kill an ideology with education. 

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