0614 GMT October 05, 2022
He made the remarks during a meeting with clerics from major monotheistic religions of Iran, which was held in Tehran to promote peace based on religious commonalities, according to IRNA.
Delegates representing Islam, Christianity and Judaism unanimously agreed that the root cause of intolerance and extremism lies in the lack of dialogue among religious leaders.
The meeting was held against the backdrop of repeated acts of blasphemy in France against the sanctities of Muslims, Press TV reported.
The religious scholars slammed the French government for lending its support to the growing anti-Islamic rhetoric in the country.
Last month, French history teacher Samuel Paty provoked outrage by showing his students the blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) earlier published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
He was murdered outside his school in a Paris suburb on October 16 by an 18-year-old assailant, identified as Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who was shot dead by police soon after the killing.
The French president characterized the incident as an “Islamist terrorist attack.”
Macron claimed that Islam as a religion was in a state of “crisis” and defended the offensive cartoons, which have hurt the feelings of Muslims in France and elsewhere.
The remarks triggered anti-France sentiment in the Muslim world, prompting calls for the boycott of French goods and an official apology.