French Archbishop: Prophet Muhammad cartoons ‘an insult to Muslims and Christians alike’

A French archbishop has warned of the dangers of publishing offensive cartoons, noting there are limits to freedom of expression amid renewed tensions between France and the Muslim world.
The Archbishop of Toulouse Robert Le Gall said he opposed the publishing of cartoons insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, saying “there are limits to freedom of speech”.
“These are considered an insult to Muslims and Christians alike and they should not be spread further. We all see their results,” he said in comments to France Bleu radio station.
“There are limits to freedom of expression and we should realize that we do not have the right to insult religions,” he added.
Anger has erupted in the Islamic world over French President Emmanuel Macron’s defense earlier this month of the right to publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, prompting denunciations from several Muslim countries.
Protests erupted across the Middle East and South Asia while calls to boycott French products have grown popular.

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