French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian released a “message of peace to the Islamic world,” stressing that France is a “country of tolerance” and not a “country of contempt or rejection,” and that it does not listen to voices that seek to provoke mistrust. “We do not fall into the trap of the excesses of a minority of manipulators,” he told the National Assembly, according to “Le Figaro” newspaper.
The head of the French diplomacy added that “religion and Islamic culture are part of our French and European history, and we respect it,” adding that “Muslims truly belong to our national community, which guarantees freedom from worship.”
“We cannot accept these campaigns of misinformation and manipulation because they aim to distort and conceal these facts,” he added, referring to the accusations that discriminate against Muslims in France.
He said that “words and actions have consequences that bind their owners to responsibility, and France will never forget,” without mentioning any specific group or country. France and Macron have been subjected to violent verbal attacks in Turkey for several days, especially by its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Le Drian said: “We are seeing clearly and our partners see that what is at stake is a fundamental, almost existential battle against religious extremism and radicalism