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News ID: 49140
Publish Date: 13:03 - 09 November 2020
Monday, 09 November 2020_France’s top diplomat has asserted his country’s “profound respect for Islam,” in an apparent attempt to calm widespread anger among the world's Muslim population over President Emmanuel Macron’s recent Islamophobic rhetoric.

Striving for atonement: Le Drian asserts France's 'profound respect' for Islam in Cairo visitForeign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France has “a first principle which is the highest respect for Islam” and that “Muslims are fully part of society in France.”

He made the remarks after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, during a visit to the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday.

“We are facing a terrorist threat and fanaticism on our soil and elsewhere. This a collective fight,” he said. “As we always defend the freedom to practice Islam in France ... we are also determined to fight against extremism and terrorism.”

Macron sparked widespread anger among the Muslim population of nearly two billion people, after he publicly attacked Islam in defense of the publication of derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France has “a first principle which is the highest respect for Islam” and that “Muslims are fully part of society in France.”

He made the remarks after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, during a visit to the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday.

“We are facing a terrorist threat and fanaticism on our soil and elsewhere. This a collective fight,” he said. “As we always defend the freedom to practice Islam in France ... we are also determined to fight against extremism and terrorism.”

Macron sparked widespread anger among the Muslim population of nearly two billion people, after he publicly attacked Islam in defense of the publication of derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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