Libyans fume at France over anti-Islam remarks
Libyans used their cars to walk over the French flag in protest of insults against Islam and Prophet Muhammad
(The African Stand) — Anti-French sentiments continued to grow in Libya on Wednesday after repeated insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.
A video clip published by the private February channel showed scores of Libyans using their cars to walk over the French flag in the western city of Misrata.
The video showed young Libyans standing on the sidewalk chanting and applauding as the cars moved over the French flag put on the ground.
On Tuesday, Libya’s Fatwa House denounced French President Emmanuel Macron’s insulting remarks against the Islamic faith and called for a boycott of the French products.
On Oct. 2, Macron announced a controversial plan to tackle what he calls “Islamic separatism” in France, claiming that the faith of Islam is in “crisis” all over the world and promising to “free Islam in France from foreign influences.”
Last week, he defended blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, saying France would “not give up our cartoons” after the brutal murder of high school teacher Samuel Paty, who showed provocative caricatures in a class.
At least 73 mosques, private schools, and workplaces in France, a country that has the largest Muslim minority in Western Europe with around 5 million, have been shut down so far this year, according to the French Interior Ministry.