The reactions of the national political class continued to condemn the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron, in which he declared that his country would not forsake the insulting drawings of the holy Messenger of Islam, may God Almighty bless him and grant him peace and Islamic symbols, considering them a dangerous deviation and a clear call for violence and hatred against religions and peoples, while calling on the Algerian authorities to intervene and protect the Muslim migrant community settled in France from policies of discrimination and hatred that are justified by the “reckless” speeches of the French President, as they put it.
It seems that the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron, during the memorial service for the teacher Samuel Patty, who was killed in a street in the capital, Paris, continues to cause controversy among the country’s political class, which considers it a serious transgression against Muslims.
They called for rapid intervention from the authorities to protect the Muslim community in France, as stated by the head of the National Building Movement, Abdelkader Bengrina, who stressed the need to protect Islam and defend the holy image of the Messenger of God, may God Almighty bless him and grant him peace, and to impose respect for the sacred things of Muslims from every side that seeks to undermine them.
According to Bengrina, the global arena witnesses many attempts to distort Islam, either by imposing normalization on some Arab countries or by making fiery statements against Islam, Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad, may God Almighty bless him and grant him peace, which prompted the movement – according to him – to move in opposition to the policies of aggression and conflict over Islam and thus by calling on the French public opinion to take into account the interests of France, the future of its relations with the Islamic world, and to protect future generations from the scorched earth policy practiced by the French government to insult Islam.
On the other hand, the head of the National Building Movement links what is happening in the arena today marked by “Crusades” and colonial policies that still have effects on Muslims – according to him – saying: “We call on the rationalities of the French arena to curb the recklessness of the government that tries to justify its failure by making foreign battles without taking into account what is being dragged on them.
“Such a reckless policy has nefarious repercussions for the interests of France vis-à–vis the Islamic nation, whether in the economic or the cultural sphere”, as he put it.
For its part, the Ennahda movement condemned, in a statement, what it described as the “brutal” attacks on the Muslim community abroad that are fueled – according to it – by the hateful political speeches issued by the French extreme right that seeks every time to embark on insulting the noble Messenger of Islam Mohamed, may God Almighty bless him and grant him peace, by publishing the heinous images of him in a book and distributing it among students free of charge without regard to the relations with Arab and Islamic countries and the feelings of Islamic peoples, at a time when anyone questioning the Jewish Holocaust or harming their reputation is criminalized under the heading of “anti-Semitism” – – recalling the recent incident of the two veiled Algerian women who were knife-stabbed in the French capital, Paris.
This is the position adopted by the Secretary General of the National Liberation Front, (FLN) Abdoufadl Baadji, who took advantage of the ongoing referendum campaign for the constitution, yesterday, to express the party’s disapproval and denunciation of the hateful campaign waged against Muslims abroad, and pointed to the serious stubbornness on the French side, as he singled out French President Emmanuel Macron, who overtly expressed his encouragement for the vile and low-down drawings offensive to the lofty religion of Islam and to Muslims.
The popular position on the French campaign against Muslims did not differ from the position of the country’s political class, as the Algerians took advantage of the blue space and social networking sites to express their rejection of the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron, calling for a boycott of French products and goods, while others demanded from the higher Algerian authorities to move about and adopt an official position on these events.