27 October 2020, 18:20
Kadyrov urges Macron to stop backing publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons
Moscow, October 27, Interfax - French President Emmanuel Macron's support for the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad and his remarks concerning Islam provoke the radicalization of young people and provide the preconditions "for breeding extremist ideas in young people's minds," head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said on Telegram on Tuesday.
"Hiding all this time behind false words about ultimate human values, you are provoking people into committing crimes by behaving and acting this way. And if you don't want to understand simple truths, be prepared that Muslims of the whole world won't allow the name of the Great Prophet Muhammad to be insulted," Kadyrov said.
The stance assumed by the French authorities "has been condemned not only by Muslims of the entire world, but also by any sober-minded members of other religious denominations," he said.
Kadyrov urged the French president to stop "provocations and attacks on the faith."
Samuel Paty, a teacher of history, geography, and civics at College Bois-d'Aulne in the city of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine outside Paris, was killed and beheaded on October 16 by Abdoullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old man of Chechen background born in Moscow, who had refugee status in France and who had earlier made threats against the teacher, including on social media.
Several days before his death, Paty had shown his students Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as an example of freedom of expression, which outraged local Islamist circles. It turned out later that Paty had taken a very delicate approach to the subject of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, spoken respectfully about Islam, and even allowed those students who did not wish to see the cartoons to leave the classroom.
The French authorities and civil society harshly condemned the barbaric killing of Paty.
In the wake of the murder, President Macron vowed to reform legislation from 1905 to further separate religion from the state. He also declared his intention to safeguard Islam in France from foreign influence and monitor the sources of financing for local mosques more strictly.