According to the Khamenei.ir, the Leader’s message came following recent flagrant insults to the Holy Prophet of Islam in France, the strong support of the French President and the Cabinet of that country for these malicious actions under the guise of "freedom of expression," and also the role played by that government in spreading Islamophobia.
“In his Name,” Ayatollah Khamenei wrote at the beginning of his message then adding, “Young French people!
“Ask your President why he supports insulting God’s Messenger in the name of freedom of expression. Does freedom of expression mean insulting, especially a sacred personage? Isn’t this stupid act an insult to the reason of the people who elected him?
“The next question to ask is: why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust? Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet (PBUH) is allowed?”
French President Emmanuel Macron has strongly defended secular values and the right to mock religion following the murder of a French schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Macron characterized the murder as an “Islamist terrorist attack” and said France would not “give up cartoons” depicting the Prophet.
Macron's comments triggered protests and a call to boycott French goods in some Muslim-majority countries.
Earlier in the day, President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned that insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) encourages violence following France’s defense of the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet.
"Insulting the Prophet is no achievement. It's immoral. It's encouraging violence," Rouhani said in a televised speech during the weekly cabinet meeting.