Progress Party (FRP) leader Siv Jensen wants the Norwegian government to give Macron its unreserved support and condemn Erdogan’s behavior in the new caricature controversy.
“What we see is a new fight regarding caricatures. Macron stands out as a brave man.
“But what he does is necessary. He is dealing with reactionary forces that want to restrict freedom of expression.
“And then I ask myself, where is the government’s moral support?” Jensen told news bureau NTB.
French President Emmanuel Macron is under heavy pressure from Turkey and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as several other Muslim countries.
Macron has defended controversial caricatures on the basis of freedom of expression.
“I believe that when France stands up for secular values and freedom of expression, which are under pressure, Norway must stand shoulder to shoulder with France,” Jensen said.
Among other things, Erdogan has compared the way Muslims are treated in Europe with the genocide of Jews before and during World War II.
Following a caricature of Erdogan in the latest issue of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, Erdogan accused Western countries, led by France, of having embarked on a new crusade.
Jensen pointed out that Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has issued a clear condemnation of Erdogan’s behavior.
“I have not registered anything similar from the Norwegian authorities, neither from the Prime Minister nor the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Jensen noted.
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