Pakistan minister comparing France with the Nazis gave France a ‘deep shock’

PARIS – France on Saturday condemned a tweet by Pakistan’s human rights minister, comparing the way Muslims were treated by the Nazis in World War II by President Emanuel Macron.

As tensions between the European nation and the Islamic world continue, Shirin Mazari, a former journalist and an active member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s team, wrote that “Macrons are doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to Jews.”

He said: “Muslim children were forced to wear a yellow star on their clothes for identification, similarly ID number (other children will not be found).”

At the bottom of his post, he shared an article claiming that Muslim children would be annihilated by a new French bill that would give them an identification number so they could attend school, to curb the bigotry of young people in the country. Part of the broader effort of. The law was proposed because some families do not send their children to school in France.

However, if this bill applies to all French children.

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French Interior Minister Gerald Dermannin defended the plan earlier this week in an interview to the French newspaper Le Figaro. “We must protect these children from the clutches of Islamists,” he said.

Mazari’s tweet was condemned by the French Foreign Ministry, saying in a statement on Saturday that the minister spoke in “deeply shocking and insulting words” to Macron and the whole of France.

“These hateful words are disgusting lies, associated with the ideology of hate and violence,” it said. “Such infamy is not worthy of this level of responsibility. We reject them with the greatest conviction. “

Mazari later deleted the tweet.

Taking to Twitter again on Sunday, she wrote that she had been contacted by Pakistan by a French envoy who sent her a message stating that she had corrected the article shared with her comment, so He decided to delete his tweet.

Macron’s stand sparked a wave of protests in Pakistan and several other Muslim countries following religiously motivated attacks last month, in which a teacher in Paris killed three people and killed three in a church in Nice. .

Some burned effigies of the French president, while others cried out “death in France” and called for a boycott of French products.

The protests erupted after Macron vowed to fight “Islamist separatism”, which he said is threatening to take control of some Muslim communities around France.

His comments were also condemned by several Muslim political leaders, including Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who said last month that Macron had “attacked Islam” and “hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe and the world.”

Nancy Ing from Paris reported, Mushtaq Yousafzai from Peshawar and Yulia Talmazan from London.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Mushtaq Yousafzai has contributed.

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