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Islamist separatism is dangerous - French President Macron

                  An ideology that claims its own laws should be superior to those of the Republicans is harmful.  In France, a history teacher, Samuel Paty, who showed caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in class was beheaded outside his school in a Paris suburb. These caricatures were earlier published by Charlie Hebdo. 

French President Emmanuel Macron had urged citizens to stand up against extremism. Since Paty’s killing, the cartoons have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with the teacher.

More than 250 people have been killed on French soil over the past five years in attacks by Islamist militants or individuals inspired by jihadist groups.

France follows a strict form of secularism, which is designed to separate religion from public life.  

Macron said "Islamist separatism" is dangerous to France because it held its own laws above all others and "often results in the creation of a counter-society."

He said this form of sectarianism often translated into children being kept out of school and the use of sporting, cultural, and other community activities as a "pretext to teach principles that do not conform to the laws of the republic"."Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today he says.

Macron said Muslims needed to develop an “Islam of enlightenment. Our history is the fight against tyranny and fanaticism. We do not accept hate and separatism. We will always stand on the side of human dignity and universal values.

US President Donald Trump reacted to the incident “Our hearts are with the people of  

France. America stands with our oldest ally in this fight. These Radical Islamic terrorist attacks must stop immediately. No country, France or otherwise can long put up with it”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands strongly with Macron  - “I strongly condemn the recent terrorist attacks in France, including the heinous attack in Nice inside a church,” Modi tweeted. “Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the people of France. India stands with France in the fight against terrorism.”

UK PM Boris Johnson condemns France knife attack.  He tweeted, "I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance.”

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison expressed shock over the terror attack in France and condemn all acts of terrorism in the European country. Conveying his deepest condolences to France's President Emmanuel Macron, Morrison said Australia stands united with France against the vile acts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron and the families of the victims of the attack in Nice. In a telegram quoted by the Kremlin, Putin called the attack “a cynical and a cruel crime inside a church” and said that “the notions of human morals are absolutely alien to terrorists.”

French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, has called “the enemy within,” closing a mosque, proposing to ban several Muslim groups.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for his remarks on the beheading of a teacher near Paris. Khan accused Macron of “attacking Islam” and creating polarisation in society. The Pakistani prime minister added that Macron had hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world.

Turkey president Mr. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart’s mental condition while criticizing Mr. Macron’s attitude toward Islam and Muslims.

V. Muraleedharan, Foreign State Minister of India commended, Turkey President's comment is below standard.

Constant Méheutin wrote in    Newyork times -"France’s nearly six million Muslims, almost all of whom condemn violence but fear they are all being labeled terrorists".