(Tea Party 247) – France’s President Emmanuel Macron has scathingly accused the U.S. media of “bias” for what he says is “legitimizing” Islamic violence and, for all his leftist tendencies, it’s impossible to argue with that assessment of the American mainstream media complex.
Macron made these comments while speaking with a New York Times columnist, as the newspaper reported on Sunday.
Ben Smith reportedly received a call from the irritated French leader who had a bone to pick with the way our news outlets have been covering the French response to terrorism in their nation.
Macron accused English-language media of having covered recent terror attacks in the European nation in a way that mischaracterizes the government response as racist or Islamophobic.
You tell me—in a country where a teacher is literally beheaded by a teenager for teaching about free speech, do you think the government has a right to swiftly and firmly denounce any such act of terror?
While priests are killed, churches burned down, and innocent shoppers mowed down with vehicles?
Radical Islamists live in the midst of modern France, I think they have a right to reject any ideology that preaches violence against Western infidels as they literally house the perpetrators within their borders.
“When France was attacked five years ago, every nation in the world supported us,” President Macron said of the November 13, 2015 coordinated terror attacks outside Paris’ Bataclan theatre, a soccer stadium, and street cafes.
“So when I see, in that context, several newspapers which I believe are from countries that share our values — journalists who write in a country that is the heir to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution — when I see them legitimizing this violence, and saying that the heart of the problem is that France is racist and Islamophobic, then I say the founding principles have been lost,” he continued.
As the Times reported, over 250 people have died in terror attacks since 2015.
The aforementioned beheading took place in October, when a Chechen refugee lashed out at a schoolteacher who had used a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad in a lesson on free speech, sparking outrage in the Islamic world there and abroad.
Since last month’s attack, three more people were assaulted and one beheaded outside a church in Nice.
This has sparked a fierce response from Macron’s administration, who ordered a crackdown on Islamic extremism and carried out raids of suspected terrorists’ homes, breaking up associations that have been accused of disseminating Islamic propaganda, and cutting off funding for terrorism.
Macron has also denounced “Islamist separatism.”
During a speech in October, the French president said that Muslims living under their own religious laws and within their own religious communities create a dangerous “counter-society.”
He also unveiled several policies aimed at encouraging Islamic practices that are consistent, rather than antithetical to, French society.
However, Muslims around the world have called for and taken part in boycotts against French goods as a result.
In a Financial Times op-ed, one critic declared that “Macron’s war on Islamic separatism only divides France further” and accused the president of alienating peaceful Muslims.
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