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France asks Pakistan to withdraw comments that compared Macron to Nazis

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on October 2, 2020 in Les Mureaux, outside Paris. (AFP)

Paris, November 22: France’s foreign ministry has asked Pakistan to withdraw comments made by one of its ministers which accused President Emmanuel Macron of treating Muslims the way Germany’s Nazis used to treat Nazis during the Second World War.
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Saturday compared Macron to Jews, adding that Muslim children will get “ID numbers” in France just as Jews were forced to wear “yellow star”.
“Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews – Muslim children will get ID numbers (other children won’t) just as Jews were forced to wear the yellow star on their clothing for identification,” Mazari wrote in a tweet.
France’s foreign ministry said that the remarks by the minister were “hateful” and “blatant lies”, demanding Pakistan to “rectify” the statements.
“These hateful words are blatant lies, imbued with an ideology of hatred and violence. Such slander is unworthy of this level of responsibility. We reject them with the greatest firmness,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll, as reported by news agency Reuters.
“Pakistan must rectify these remarks and return to the path of a dialogue based on respect.”
The latest row came at a time when there is strong anti-France sentiment in Pakistan over the publication of Prophet Muhammad’s cartoon and Macron’s comments on Islamist extremism. (Agencies)