France asks Pakistan to rectify its minister’s ‘insulting’ remark on President Emmanuel Macron


Paris: The French government officially expressed on Sunday (November 22, 2020) its concerns to the Pakistani mission in Paris about the “ insulting ” remarks on President Emmanuel Macron by Shireen Mazari, cabinet minister of Human Rights by Imran Khan.

The spokesman for the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs called the remarks “deeply shocking” and said: “These despicable words are blatant lies, laden with an ideology of hatred and violence”.

The official statement also said, “Such slanderous comments are shameful at such a level of responsibility. We firmly reject them.”

The concerns were raised with the Pakistani Chargé d’affaires in Paris asking Islamabad to rectify the statement and return to the path of dialogue based on respect.

In the tweet since deleted, the Pakistani minister shared a story, making derogatory remarks about French President Emmanuel Macron. She wrote: “Macron does to Muslims what the Nazis did to Jews”.

The Twitter account of the French Embassy in Pakistan then retweeted Shireen Mazari’s tweet and said: “Fake news and false accusations”.

Mazari also responded to their tweet.

It should be noted that several demonstrations took place in Pakistan following the French government’s defense of the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad which led to several terrorist attacks in France.

Pakistan has also witnessed a massive demonstration by far-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, blocking the road to the capital Islamabad. The protesters’ demand was the expulsion of the French envoy to Pakistan.

The Pakistani National Assembly had even adopted a resolution to recall the Pakistani envoy to France, only to find out later that Pakistan currently does not have a full envoy to Paris.


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