Emmanuel Macron has defended the right to criticise religion [Denis Balibouse/Reuters]

Paris, France – Some of France‘s top politicians, including President Emmanuel Macron, have defended a teenage girl who received death threats last month after posting a live broadcast on social media attacking Islam. The post has reignited a national debate about blasphemy, which has been legal in France for centuries.

“The law is clear: we have the right to blasphemy, to criticise, to caricature religions,” Macron said in an interview with Le Dauphine Libere newspaper on Wednesday. “The republican order is not a moral order … what is outlawed is to incite hatred and attack dignity.”


The controversy started in late January when a 16-year-old, only known as Mila, started a live

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