Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir says Muslims ‘have proper to kill French’

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad stated Thursday that Muslims had a proper “to kill hundreds of thousands of French folks”, shortly after a knife-wielding man launched a lethal assault in Good.
Three folks had been killed at a church within the southern French metropolis, with the attacker slitting the throat of not less than one among them, in what authorities had been treating as the most recent jihadist assault to rock the nation.
Shortly afterwards, Mahathir — who was prime minister of Muslim-majority Malaysia till his authorities collapsed in February — launched a rare outburst on Twitter.
Referring to the beheading of a French trainer who confirmed pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, Mahathir stated he didn’t approve of that assault however that freedom of expression doesn’t embrace “insulting different folks”.
“No matter the faith professed, offended folks kill,” stated the outspoken 95-year-old, who has previously drawn controversy for remarks attacking Jews and the LGBT group.
“The French in the midst of their historical past has killed hundreds of thousands of individuals. Many had been Muslims. Muslims have a proper to be offended and to kill hundreds of thousands of French folks for the massacres of the previous.”
Mahathir, who served as Malaysian premier twice for a complete of 24 years, stated that French President Emmanuel Macron was “not exhibiting that he’s civilised”, including he was “very primitive”.
“The French ought to educate their folks to respect different folks’s emotions. Since you’ve blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ faith for what was carried out by one offended individual, the Muslims have a proper to punish the French.
“The boycott can not compensate the wrongs dedicated by the French all these years.”
He made no direct reference to the Good assault.
The beheading of the trainer, Samuel Paty, prompted Macron to vow a crackdown on Islamic extremism.
However the transfer has infected tensions, with protests towards France erupting in a number of Muslim international locations, with some urging a boycott of French items.

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