A United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister refuted other Muslims condemnation of French president Emmanuel Macron’s rhetorics involving Muslims.
Minister Anwar Gargash, from UAE’s Ministry for foreign affairs, told the German media, Die Welt, that [Muslims] need to “listen carefully” to Macron’s speech.
The Minister denies France wanted to exclude Muslims living there.
Gargash said that Macron does not want to “isolate Muslims in the West.”
However, it is only right that Muslims have to integrate in a better way in Europe, he said.
The minister’s comment came amidst Muslim criticism of the French president’s pronouncements after recent gruesome deaths in France.
One of them is the beheading of Samuel Paty, a French teacher who wanted to explain free speech in his class through a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.
Depiction of the Muslim prophet is blasphemous in Islam.
Also, a young man killed three people in Nice, prompting Macron to increase security in schools and places of worship.
Protecting France’s Freedoms and Rights
The French president defended France’s secularism and freedom of expression last month.
He also said that Islam was suffering a crisis, per a Deutsche Welle (DW) report.
During a weekend interview with Al Jazeera, Macron says he understands Muslims’ shock over cartoons of their prophet, Mohammed.
However, he explained that when he claims Islam is suffering from a crisis, he is talking about “radical Islam” that is becoming a threat to everyone, including Muslims.
The French president shared he understands the “sentiments,” and he respects them.
However, he defended his role as a president to “promote calm” and “protect” people’s rights.
Macron said during the Al Jazeera interview that he will “always defend” in France “the freedom to speak, to write, to think, and to draw.”
He also defended the French government, saying the reactions against him “came as a result of lies and distortions” of his words.
People think he supports the cartoons, he said in the interview.