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For Emmanuel Macron, Rushdie’s fight “is ours”


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Emmanuel Macron gave his support on Friday to the writer Salman Rushdie, stabbed in the neck as he prepared to give a conference in New York State, assuring that “we are today, more than ever, to its ratings”.

“For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism. Hate and barbarism have just struck him, cowardly”, affirmed the French head of state on Twitter, affirming that “his fight is the ours, universal”. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne also said that “in his fight against obscurantism, we have always been alongside Salman Rushdie”. “Tonight, we are with him more than ever,” she added on Twitter.

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Many ministers also posted messages of solidarity with the British writer on Twitter. “The attack on Salman Rushdie is a despicable act. (…) Against fanaticism, freedom of conscience and expression is essential,” assured Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

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His Culture colleague Rima Abdul Malak denounced a “barbaric act” and paid tribute to “33 years of courage”, while Pap Ndiaye, Minister of National Education, praised a writer “symbol of freedom and erudition , which no Islamist obscurantism will stop”.

Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and Agriculture Minister Marc Fesneau both said their “solidarity” with Salman Rushdie. Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament Frank Riester told him of his “indignation at the barbarism of the attack he suffered”.





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