‘France respects Islam’ French FM tells Muslim World League

France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said Muslims were a part of the country's culture. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 November 2020

‘France respects Islam’ French FM tells Muslim World League

  • France has recently been criticized for being anti Islamic
  • President Macron said his country is fighting extremism

MAKKAH: France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) his country respects Islam and that French Muslims are a part of the country.

The two were speaking in a telephone conversation, in which they also discussed a number of other issues of common interest on Thursday.

French President Emmanuel Macron was recently accused in the British press of “stigmatizing French Muslims for electoral purposes and of fostering a climate of fear and suspicion toward them.”

At the time Macron responded saying his country was fighting “Islamist separatism, never Islam,”

The French president had already sparked protests across the Muslim world after the murder of teacher Samuel Paty in October — who had shown his class a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed — by saying France would never renounce its laws permitting blasphemous caricatures.


Russia says India to produce 100 million doses of Sputnik vaccine

Updated 27 November 2020

Russia says India to produce 100 million doses of Sputnik vaccine

  • Hetero, one of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies, have agreed to produce in India over 100 million doses per year

MOSCOW: The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), one of the developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, announced Friday that India-based drugmaker Hetero will produce over 100 million doses of the jab.
“Hetero, one of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies, have agreed to produce in India over 100 million doses per year of the world’s first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection — Sputnik V,” the RDIF said in a statement, adding that production was expected to start in early 2021.