Pakistani minister deletes tweet that took Nazi jibe at Macron

Cheryl Sanders
November 24, 2020

One of those who proliferated the misinformation was Shireen Mazari, Pakistan's minister for human rights, who tweeted Saturday that "Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews".

France is concerned that children who drop out of school or are homeschooled are in danger of being radicalized. "We must save our children from the clutches of the Islamists", interior minister Gérald Darmanin told Le Figaro on Wednesday. Macron has been calling "Islamic separatism" a crisis in France and is also preparing to bring legislation for this.

On Wednesday, the French president took steps to impose a "charter of republican values" on the Muslim community and gave a 15-day deadline to the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) to accept the charter.

The French mayors' association AMF also called on Wednesday for a gradual reopening of shops "to avoid a rush of clients ahead of Christmas, when allowing them to resume operations will be inevitable". It includes measures such as restrictions on home-schooling and giving children an identification number under the law that would be used to ensure they are attending school.

Mazari isn't the only public figure to denounce the French leader's latest initiatives. "We sincerely apologise for earlier error in reporting the facts of this story", says the clarification posted on the website.

The UK's Muslim Public Affairs Committee expressed similar displeasure with Macron, describing him as "not just a threat to law-abiding Muslim citizens, but to France & the European Union itself".

This picture shows a screen displaying French President Emmanuel Macron as he addresses the nation during a televised interview from the Elysee Palace concerning the situation of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in France, in Paris on 14 October 2020.

Paris has also been caught off guard by the intensity of critique it has faced as the country has cast a dragnet on its Muslim population, alienating many people that it would otherwise need to tackle the lone-wolf attackers.

Over the past 20 years, France has implemented numerous laws created to limit and punish the free exercise of religion, especially among Muslims. Amnesty International pointed to the detainment of four ten-year-old children who questioned the right of Samuel Paty, the school teacher, to display the cartoons and the closing of mosques and Muslim organizations "on the basis of the ambiguous concept of 'radicalization.'" The NGO further described France's stance on the matter as "shameless hypocrisy".

Since 2015, 276 people have been killed in 72 terrorist attacks in France.

Protests have erupted across the Islamic world against the French government in recent weeks as President Macron defends freedom of speech against threats posed by Islamist extremism.

Any imagery of the Prophet Mohammed is considered blasphemous in Islam.

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