PARIS — France denounced a tweet by Pakistan’s human rights minister on Saturday, which in contrast President Emmanuel Macron’s remedy of Muslims to the way in which Jews had been handled by Nazis in World Warfare II.
As tensions proceed to simmer between the European nation and the Islamic world, Shireen Mazari, a former journalist and an energetic member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s group, wrote that “Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews.”
She added: “Muslim kids will get ID numbers (different kids will not) simply as Jews had been pressured to put on the yellow star on their clothes for identification.”
Beneath her publish, she shared an article which claimed Muslim kids could be singled out by a brand new French invoice that will give them an identification quantity to make sure they’re attending college, a part of the nation’s wide-ranging effort to forestall radicalization of younger folks. The laws was proposed as a result of some households don’t ship their kids to high school in France.
If launched nonetheless, the invoice would apply to all French kids.
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French inside minister Gerald Darmanin defended the plan earlier this week in an interview to French newspaper Le Figaro. “We should save these kids from the clutches of the Islamists,” he mentioned.
Mazari’s tweet was condemned by France’s International Ministry, which mentioned in an announcement Saturday that the minister spoke in “deeply stunning and insulting phrases” of Macron and the entire of France.
“These hateful phrases are blatant lies, imbued with an ideology of hatred and violence,” it mentioned. “Such slander is unworthy of this stage of accountability. We reject them with the best firmness.”
Mazari later deleted the tweet.
Taking to Twitter once more on Sunday, she wrote that she had been contacted by the French envoy to Pakistan, who despatched her a message saying that the article she had shared alongside together with her remark has been corrected, so she determined to take away her tweet.
A wave of protests swept via Pakistan and quite a few different predominantly Muslim nations over Macron’s stance following final month’s religiously-motivated assaults which noticed a a trainer beheaded on the street in Paris and three folks killed at a church in Good.
Some burned effigies of the French president, whereas others cried “dying to France” and referred to as for a boycott of French merchandise.
The protests got here after Macron vowed to combat “Islamist separatism,” which he mentioned was threatening to take management in some Muslim communities round France.
His feedback had been additionally condemned by quite a few Muslim political leaders, together with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who mentioned final month that Macron had “attacked Islam,” and “harm the feelings of thousands and thousands of Muslims in Europe and the world over.”
Nancy Ing reported from Paris, Mushtaq Yusufzai from Peshawar and Yuliya Talmazan from London.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Mushtaq Yusufzai contributed.