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