Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

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London: Malcolm Turnbull has endorsed Emmanuel Macron's plans to confront Islamic extremism in France and says accusations the French President is veering to the right for political gain are misguided.


The former Australian prime minister said the beheading of school teacher Samuel Paty on the outskirts of Paris this month was a painful reminder of the threat to Europe of Islamist violence but insisted Macron, a centrist, was uniquely placed to address the root causes of terror in France.

"Macron is one of the great leaders of our times," said Turnbull, who worked closely with the French head of state on countering extremism and the Islamic State, and considers him a friend.


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After a morning of speeches, meetings and greetings, Mr Macron fronted the media for nearly an hour on Wednesday afternoon alongside the Australian PM.

He switched mostly flawlessly from French to well-spoken English as he was quizzed by reporters from both countries.

But at the end of proceedings, Mr Macron proved it's not so easy to give a press conference in your non-native language.


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AP furore...

The Associated Press has caved in to an avalanche of criticism, deleting a tweet that drew accusations of inciting hatred against French people by seemingly blaming France for the wave of Islamist terror attacks it has suffered.

AP Explains: Why does France incite anger in the Muslim world? Its brutal colonial past, staunch secular policies and tough-talking president who is seen as insensitive toward the Muslim faith all play a role, the offending message screamed from the official AP Twitter account. It also linked to an article which gave the AP’s analysis of why France has so frequently been the target of Muslim extremists.

Unsurprisingly the message provoked a furious backlash against the US media outlet, which was accused of endangering the lives of French people. “This is not only disgraceful but dangerous. The Associated Press is inciting hatred against France and its people,” journalist Agnes Poirier wrote.

A justification for decapitation. Thanks AP. It's just what we were missing in 2020.

Many respondents accused the AP of being “apologists” for terrorism and “justifying” the murder of innocent people. Respondents also shared photos and details about the lives of people who were murdered by terrorists in France.

The Associated Press backing Islamic Terror and horrific murder as a response to Freedom of Speech.

Stop apologizing for beheadings.

The relentless onslaught of criticism prompted the New York-headquartered media organization to delete the message on Sunday. Before it was removed the inflammatory post had already racked up over 10,000 direct responses. 

The AP subsequently published a watered down version of the post and issued an explanation for its use of the word ‘incites.’ However, it stopped short of an apology and the article remains on its website.

Let me correct that headline for you; “Why do religious nutters think it’s ok to behead people because they got upset at some cartoons? “

“Many countries champion freedom of expression and allow publications that lampoon Islam’s prophet. Why has the reaction against France been especially virulent? Its colonial past, staunch secular policies and tough-talking president all play a role,” the new message read.

“This replaces a tweet about France and the Muslim world that asked why France ‘incites’ anger. The word was not intended to convey that France instigates anger against it,” a follow-up post added.

This replaces a tweet about France and the Muslim world that asked why France “incites” anger. The word was not intended to convey that France instigates anger against it.

The replacement posts did little to assuage anger on social media, as Twitter users continued to post their objections to the AP’s handling of the issue.

This paragraph from the AP is astonishing for where it selects to place its emphasis. It glances at the beheading, but only as a means of teeing up the real rebuke of Macron for not renouncing cartoons. There’s not even a hint of awareness that decapitations must stop first.

The furor comes just days after an Islamist attacker armed with a knife killed three people in a church in Nice. That incident came less than two weeks after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school 20 miles north-west of Paris, after showing students cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammed during a lesson on freedom of speech.


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