India on Wednesday strongly condemned the personal attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron after his firm stance on radical Islam, calling it “a violation of the most basic standards of international discourse”.
In a very worded statement, the Foreign Ministry also condemned the brutal terrorist attack that killed a French teacher, and said “there is no justification for terrorism for any reason or under any circumstance” .
“We deeply deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language against President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse,” the MEA said.
“We also condemn the brutal terrorist attack which claimed the life of a French teacher in a horrible way and which shocked the world. We offer our condolences to his family and to the French people,” he said. .
– Emmanuel Lenain (@FranceinIndia) October 28, 2020
After the statement, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain thanked India, saying the two countries can count on each other in the fight against terrorism. “Thank you @MEAIndia. France and India can always count on each other in the fight against terrorism,” he tweeted.
Macron has been criticized by various Muslim-majority countries after taking a firm stand on radical Islam and defending the prophet Muhammad caricatures. The French president declared that Islam was a religion in “crisis”.
His comments came in the context of the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 outside Paris in broad daylight. He had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students.