Offbeat Thousands protest in Bangladesh against French President Macron
Brigitte Macron: her very personal tribute to Samuel Paty
© DOMINIQUE JACOVIDES / BESTIMAGE Brigitte Macron: her very personal tribute to Samuel Paty Brigitte Macron took up the pen to salute the memory of Samuel Paty, assassinated on Friday October 16. In a poignant letter sent to the Parisian, the first lady paid a personal tribute to the professor and all the teachers.
Thousands of people protested on Friday in various cities in Bangladesh against French President Emmanuel Macron because of his statements about Islam. Some burned pictures of the head of state to express their outrage over Macron's defense of cartoons of Mohammed. According to the police, 12,000 people took part in the protests in the capital Dhaka; independent observers as well as the organizers spoke of 40,000 participants.
In the Muslim state, protests took place nationwide after Friday prayers. It is the second demonstration this week against France and its president. Tens of thousands of people were already on the streets in the capital on Tuesday.
Call for a boycott in the Arab world after Macron's words on Islamic separatism
© AHMED HAGAGY BOYCOTT OF FRENCH PRODUCTS IN KUWAIT BECAUSE OF CARICATURES Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again attacked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, whose recent comments on Islam have sparked criticism, demonstrations and even calls for a boycott of French products in the Muslim world.
"We are all soldiers of the Prophet Mohammed," shouted the protesters in Dhaka on Friday. They also called for a boycott of French goods and penalties for Macron.
The tension was triggered by Macron's statements in defense of freedom of expression after the alleged Islamist attack on a teacher near Paris who had shown Mohammed cartoons in his class. The President stressed that France "will not give up caricatures and drawings".
Since Macron defended the cartoons after the murder of the educator Samuel Paty, protests have raged in many Muslim countries. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of French goods and advised the President to have his "state of mind examined".
Tensions also remained in France after a man killed three people in a church in Nice on Thursday. The French head of state called the act an "Islamist terrorist attack".
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Sovereignty movement delighted by Macron's direct contact with Quebec .
QUEBEC — The province’s sovereignty leaders are delighted that French President Emmanuel Macron has chosen to go over Ottawa’s head and converse directly with Premier François Legault . “It’s a very good thing,” Parti Québécois parliamentary leader Pascal Bérubé told reporters Wednesday. “It shows again the continuous disconnection between the rest of Canada and Quebec. “You can’t imagine the satisfaction I got when a position we (Quebec) adopted on freedom of expression is recognized in France and that our French allies of many centuries say this is what unites us, ideals that we share. “It was a great pleasure. It’s something you can get used to.