India condemns ‘personal attacks’ on French President for anti-Islam remarks

New Delhi: In wake of the growing criticism against French President Emmanuel Macron for his anti-Islam remarks, India has strongly condemned the “personal attacks” against Macron.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry of India also condemned the attack that killed a French teacher, and said: “there is no justification for terrorism for any reason or under any circumstance”.

“We strongly deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language on President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse,” the MEA said.

“We also condemn the brutal terrorist attack that took the life of a French teacher in a gruesome manner that has shocked the world. We offer our condolences to his family and the people of France,” it said.

After the statement, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain thanked India saying both countries can count on each other in the fight against terrorism. “Thank you @MEAIndia. France and India can always count on each other in the fight against terrorism,” he tweeted.

Macron has been facing criticism from various Muslim-majority countries for his anti-Islam remarks and many of the countries have even boycotted the French-made products.

His comments came in the backdrop of the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 outside Paris in broad daylight. Paty was beheaded after he showed the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad  (ﷺ) to his students.


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