French government spokesman Gabriel Atal said today, Wednesday, that France “will never back down from its principles and values despite attempts to destabilize and intimidate,” he said.
The spokesman praised the “great European unity” about its values in the face of criticism about the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
“France is under a growing terrorist threat in recent days, fueled by calls of hatred,” Atal said after the meeting of the French Council of Ministers, “but that strengthens our will to combat extremism and all its aspects unabated.”
Last Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron said, through his account on the social networking site “Twitter”: “Nothing will make us ever back down. We respect all differences in the spirit of peace. We never accept hate speech and defend rational debate. We will always stand by the side.” Human dignity and universal values. “