Anti-France protests proceed

Karachi, November 1

Hundreds of protesters in Pakistan on Sunday burned effigies of France’s leader and chanted anti-French slogans, as President Emmanuel Macron tried to send a message of understanding to Muslims around the world.

The demonstrations came after Macron’s interview on Saturday in which he said that he understood the shock Muslims felt at caricatures depicting Prophet Muhammad.

Macron was speaking in with the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, where he also defended freedoms of expression and France’s secular values.

Macron’s office said the interview was aimed at clarifying misunderstandings around France’s position and the president’s words which they say have been taken out of context. Macron said some false media translations showed him supporting cartoons depicting Prophet. — AP

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