The United Arab Emirates supported the French president in the controversy which has swelled in recent days in the Muslim world against him, over the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
In an interview published Monday, November 2 in the German daily Die Welt , the Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash rejected the idea that Emmanuel Macron had expressed a message of exclusion of Muslims.
“You have to listen to what Macron in his speech really said, he does not want ghettoization of Muslims in the West and he is absolutely right,” he said.
Muslims must integrate better, and the French state is entitled to seek ways to achieve this while fighting against radicalism and community confinement, added the head of diplomacy.
Anti-French protests in some Muslim countries erupted in response to statements by Emmanuel Macron defending the right to cartoon in the name of freedom of expression. He was reacting to the beheading on October 16 by an Islamist of a French teacher who had shown his students caricatures of the prophet of Islam , in the midst of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack on trial.