Pakistan summons French envoy over Prophet cartoons

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron had "attacked Islam" by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

The French ambassador to Islamabad was summoned on Monday in the latest expression of anger over the matter.

In Bangladesh, protesters unfurled placards with a caricature of the French leader and the words: "Macron is the enemy of peace."

In the Middle East, a Jordanian supermarket began removing French products from its shelves on Sunday in what was said to be a protest against comments by Macron on "Islamist separatism".

Shopkeepers at the supermarket covered up shelves, alongside signs explaining why.

The spat follows a knife attack outside a French school on October 16th in which an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old middle school teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of Mohammad.

French officials said the beheading was an attack on the country's core value of freedom of expression - including the right to publish the cartoons.

Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values.

But that's prompted outrage in several Muslim-majority countries.

Video Transcript

- Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron had, quote, "attacked Islam" by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The French ambassador to Islamabad was summoned on Monday in the latest expression of anger over the matter.

In Bangladesh, protesters unfurled placards with a caricature the French leader and the words "Macron is the enemy of peace." In the Middle East, a Jordanian supermarket began removing French products from its shelves on Sunday in what was said to be a protest against comments by Macron on, quote, "Islamist separatism." Shopkeepers at the supermarket covered up shelves alongside signs explaining why.

The spat follows a knife attack outside a French school on October 16th in which an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old middle school teacher who had shown pupils cartoons of Muhammad. French officials said the beheading was an attack on the country's core value of freedom of expression, including the right to publish the cartoons. Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values, but that's prompted outrage in several Muslim majority countries.