French ambassador to Sweden Etienne de Gonneville has said during an interview on Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT that France is a Muslim country. SVT is one of the largest Swedish networks, and the French ambassador was responding to the recent beheading of a school teacher in Paris by an Islamist.
“First, France is a Muslim country. Islam is the second-largest religion in France. We have anywhere between 4 and 8 million French citizens who have a Muslim heritage.”
It’s interesting that Etienne de Gonneville immediately mentioned that Turkey is a secular country right after declaring his own country to be a Muslim country, which means that he knows exactly what he says and how he says it, i.e. this is not a “slip of the tongue”.
If you’re not up to speed with the 24/hour news cycle, the Islamist beheading mentioned in the interview took place a week or so ago, when Samuel Paty, a left-wing pro-immigration school teacher was decapitated by a Chechen jihadist. The crime of Samuel Paty was that it showed cartoons mocking the prophet Muhammad to his pupils during a “crash course” on free speech.
The ambassador also claimed that Islam was not to blame for the murder, but al-Qaeda propaganda, even if the local Muslim community asked for retaliation against Samuel Paty for showing the cartoons.
“The media must know how to address the issue of Islamic terrorism and not fall into the trap of that idea that it would supposedly offend Islam. Islam is very diverse. Those who we hear now are speaking for these radical Islamist outfits. We should not give them more weight than they have. They are a tiny minority.”
The beheading was basically retaliation for mocking the prophet, as per Islam’s teachings.
Following the beheading, France responded with mass protests in major cities, and French president Emmanuel Macron honored the victim by vowing to protect freedom of speech.
However, Turkey literally sided with the Chechen terrorist, by announcing boycotts on French products, as well as other Muslim countries who have effectively sided with jihadism.