Pakistani minister compares Emmanuel Macron to Nazis

Clay Curtis
November 24, 2020

Mazari's earlier tweet was strongly condemned by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, which issued a statement demanding Charge d'affaires of Pakistan in Paris for rectification of Mazari's tweet.

France has called on Pakistani authorities "to rectify" the "blatant lies" of a Pakistani minister who compared President Emmanuel Macron's treatment of Muslims to the Nazis' treatment of Jews in World War II.

'Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews - Muslim children will get ID numbers (other children won't) just as Jews were forced to wear the yellow star on their clothing for identification, Mazari had said in a tweet linking to an online article.

In her tweet, Dr Mazari also posted the image of the French ambassador's communication telling her about the clarification published by the author of the news report on the website.

Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has retracted her tweet targeting President Emmanuel Macron after French authorities termed it "false accusation" and demanded withdrawal.

On Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech to the nation about the virus situation and may announce a partial relaxation of restrictions which have been in place since October 30. Such slanderous comments are disgraceful at such level of responsibility. British Labour MP Zarah Sultana said she was concerned about the "frightening direction" of Macron's government, stating that "we must condemn Islamophobia & all forms of racism". "We reject them with the greatest firmness", said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll, as reported by news agency Reuters.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Emmanuel Macron seen
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Emmanuel Macron seen

She posted the remarks following a clash between Pakistan and France over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad by a French magazine.

Mazari has since deleted the tweet, claiming that she did so because the article she shared "has been corrected". Macron has been calling "Islamic separatism" a crisis in France and is also preparing to bring legislation for this.

Macron is facing renewed criticism in the Muslim world and overseas over his latest plans to tackle what he calls radical Islam, including asking Muslim leaders in his country to agree to a "charter of republican values", reported Dawn.

Pakistan's parliament at the end of October passed a resolution urging the government to recall its envoy from Paris, accusing Macron of "hate-mongering" against Muslims.

Macron had paid tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of speech.

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