The French President kindled a fire when called Islam a “religion in crisis all over the world” and said he would fight “Islamist separatism”. Those words angered the Muslim world that have hstorically been subjected to repeated antagonism over their religious beliefs.
Macron’s statements came after he defended the actions of a French high school teacher who displayed a derogatory cartoon caricature of Prophet Muhammad in her classroom. The French teacher was recently killed. Depictions of Prophet Muhammad are offensive to Muslims . For years derogatory cartoon caricatures of Prophet Muhammad have been published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
President Macron said the cartoon caricatures were protected under the right to free speech. Many Muslims see the derogatory cartoon caricatures as a form of religious persecution that has been sanctioned by the French government. Many Muslim leaders were outraged by President Macron’s remarks and various Islamic countries have called for continued protests and boycotts.