President of France has grown some during the past few weeks. What has lead to this transformation is the beheading of a journalist by Muslim extremists. Their gripe was a cartoon depicting Muhammad published by the infamous Charlie Hebdo magazine.

France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

He said Mr Macron needed a mental health check for pledging to defend secular values and fight radical Islam.

These are fighting words by the Muslim Dog, who at every turn has called out the west. It is about time the West called him out by tossing him out of NATO. A two bit dictator has unified his adversaries in what will become a fight for the survival of Democrat values including Christianity.

Mr Macron has spoken out forcefully on these issues after a French teacher was murdered for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

France “will not give up our cartoons”, he said earlier this week.

Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad can cause serious offence to Muslims because Islamic tradition explicitly forbids images of Muhammad and Allah (God).

But state secularism – or laïcité – is central to France’s national identity. Curbing freedom of expression to protect the feelings of one particular community, the state says, undermines the country’s unity.

Responding to Mr Macron’s campaign to defend such values – which began before the teacher was murdered – Mr Erdogan asked in a speech: “What’s the problem of the individual called Macron with Islam and with the Muslims?”

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons on Prophet Mohammad have France jostling between freedom of speech and Islamophobia

The French Constitution defines the state only as secular, but it doesn’t delineate the boundaries of this secularism.

On 16 October, a French teen of Chechen origin tracked down a high school history teacher and brutally beheaded him in a street in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Saint-Honorine.

According to police officials, the suspect armed with a knife and an airsoft gun — which fires plastic pellets — was shot dead about 600 meters (yards) from where the male teacher was killed after he failed to respond to orders to put down his arms and acted in a threatening manner.

The teacher, Samuel Paty, had shown images mocking Prophet Mohammad in a lesson on freedom of expression.

Charlie Hebdos cartoons on Prophet Mohammad have France jostling between freedom of speech and Islamophobia
Demonstrators hold placards reading “I am a teacher” during a demonstration in Paris in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. AP

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