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In a speech on Friday marking 150 years of the French Republic, President Emmanuel Macron criticised those who seek French citizenship without accepting Frances “right to commit blasphemy”. To be French, he said, is to defend the right to "laugh, to criticise, to mock".

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday criticised Friday what he called “Islamic separatism”, saying France must be embraced by its new citizens in its entirety.

“You dont choose one part of France. You choose France," he said, adding: "The Republic will never allow for any separatist ventures.”

Those who seek French citizenship must accept all of the republic's freedoms, including “the freedom to believe or not to believe".

"But this is inseparable from the freedom of expression up to the right to blasphemy”.

“To be French is to defend the right to make people laugh, to criticize, to mock, to caricature,” he added.

Macron also defended satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which has published controversial caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The drawings helped inspire two French-born but radicalised Islamist extremists to launch a deadly January 2015 attack that left 12 people dead at the paper's offices.

The paper defiantly republished the images this week as the Read More – Source