Chechen leader says Macron stance on cartoons inspires terrorists

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The head of Russia’s predominantly Muslim Chechnya region said on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron was inspiring terrorists by justifying the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as protected by the right to free speech.

Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, made the comments after France warned its citizens living or traveling in several Muslim-majority countries to take additional security measures amid anger over the cartoons. The dispute has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school on October 16 in which a man of Chechen descent beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on the freedom of expression.

The cartoons, first published by a satirical magazine whose Paris offices were attacked by gunmen killing 12 people in 2015, are considered blasphemous by many Muslims. Kadyrov, a former rebel who supported a Kremlin military campaign that crushed an Islamist insurgency in Chechnya and neighboring Russian regions, downplayed the fact that Paty’s attacker was born in Chechnya, claiming he grew up in France.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Kadyrov said Macron was wrong to label the presentation of cartoons as free speech. “You force people into terrorism, push people towards it, leave them no choice, create the conditions for the growth of extremism in the minds of young people. You can boldly call yourself the leader and inspiration of terrorism in your country, ”Kadyrov wrote, addressing Macron.

Macron’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kadyrov’s comments. Macron hailed Paty as “a quiet hero” and pledged to fight “Islamist separatism” in France.

News Highlights:

  • The head of the Muslim-majority Russian region of Chechnya said on Tuesday that French President Emmanuel Macron was inspiring terrorists by justifying the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as protected by the right to free speech. Ramzan Kadyrov, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, made the comments after France warned its citizens living or traveling in several Muslim-majority countries to take additional security measures amid anger over the cartoons.
  • Chechen leader says Macron’s stance on cartoons inspires terrorists
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