France considering envoy to explain Macron's stance on Islam, Muslims
France is considering the appointment of a special envoy to explain President Emmanuel Macron’s views on secularism and freedom of expression to Muslim nations following anti-French backlash over his plans with the country’s Muslim population, the Guardian reported on Wednesday, citing French officials.
Plans for a special envoy follow a row between the European country and Muslim-majority nations over the publishing of derogatory cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
The dispute erupted after French teacher, who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet published in the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was beheaded in France last month.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been among the most vocal critics of Macron, accusing his French counterpart of having an anti-Islamic agenda while questioning his mental health, after Macron backed the publication of the cartoons and announced plans to double down on efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs from subverting French values.
Over the weekend, Macron gave a long interview to Qatar-based Al Jazeera Arabic, saying his comments had been misconstrued.