The Muslim world today renewed its anger at Emmanuel Macron after the French president was not bowed to by Thursday's terrorist attack in Nice and swore that "we will not give any reason for freedom of expression".
Macron has become the focus of Islamic anger after defending the prophet Mohammed's blasphemous Charlie Hebdo cartoons that resulted in the murder of a teacher in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago.
After three people were murdered in a long series of terrorist attacks in France yesterday in Nice, Macron said France would not give up our values despite the anger over the offensive caricatures.
Today thousands of Friday prayer services poured out to join anti-French protests in Pakistan while the French flag was set on fire in Afghanistan, and others voiced their anger in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia by burning images of Macron and Images of his face shaped.
PAKISTAN: Muslim Students Association protesters in Karachi burn a French flag next to illegible pictures of Emmanuel Macron during the recent demonstration against the French leader today
BANGLADESH: Muslim protesters hold up a likeness of Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayers as they take part in a protest calling for a boycott of French products, while Macron's stance on blasphemous cartoons is angry
INDIA: Muslim protesters shout slogans as they tear up a Macron placard during a protest in Hyderabad on Friday
INDONESIA: In Medan in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra – the country with the world's largest Muslim population – people stand on Macron portraits that are defaced with footprints
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Nurmagomedov, from the Muslim-majority Russian-majority Republic of Dagestan, accused the French president and his supporters of using the slogan of freedom of expression to "harm the sentiments of more than one and a half billion Muslim believers".
May the Almighty humiliate them in this life and in the next. Allah calculates quickly and you will see, ”he wrote.
“We are Muslims, we love our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) more than our mothers, fathers, children, women and all other people close to our hearts.
"Believe me, these provocations will return to you, the end is always for the godly."
Macron has launched a passionate defense of freedom of expression, calling teacher Samuel Paty a "silent hero" after he was murdered for showing his class the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
But Muslim leaders have said the cartoons take freedom of speech too far and accuse France of promoting an anti-Islam agenda.
Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Bangladesh on Friday, chanting slogans such as "Boycott French products" and carrying banners calling Macron "the world's greatest terrorist" as they marched in Dhaka.
In Pakistan, thousands of Muslims poured out of prayer services to express their anger at Macron after celebrating Mawlid, the festival of the Prophet's birthday.
An estimated 2,000 worshipers took to the streets in the eastern city of Lahore, where crowds led by Islamic parties sang anti-France slogans and clogged main roads on the way to a Sufi shrine.
In Multan, a city in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, thousands burned an image of Macron and called on Pakistan to cut ties with France.
Further gatherings were planned for later Friday in Pakistan, including the capital, Islamabad, where police were in place to prevent possible demonstrations outside the French embassy.
Further protests, largely organized by Islamists, are expected across the region, including Lebanon and Gaza.
In Afghanistan, members of the Islamist Hezb-i-Islami party set the French flag on fire.
Its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, warned Macron that if he "doesn't control the situation, we will go into a third world war and Europe will be responsible".
BANGLADESH: A banner with a cross over a French flag and a slogan that reads “Offense is not freedom” is held up during a march that is being watched by police in Dhaka today
BANGLADESH: A Macron image goes up in flames to the delight of Muslim demonstrators during a demonstration in Dhaka today
BANGLADESH: A crowd of Muslim worshipers chant slogans after Friday prayers calling for a boycott of French goods
BANGLADESH: Protesters attack a Macron image as they take part in a protest in Dhaka the day after a terrorist attack in Nice
PAKISTAN: Security guards laid barbed wire on a road leading to the French embassy in Islamabad the day after a security guard stabbed a French consulate in Saudi Arabia amid high tensions between France and the Muslim world
On Thursday, knife-wielding Tunisian terrorist Brahim Aoussaoui killed three people after breaking into a Catholic church in Nice and wounded several others before he was shot and arrested.
France's top anti-terrorist prosecutor said the attacker arrived in Europe on September 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia, which is a major landing point for migrants from Africa.
Also on Thursday, a Saudi man stabbed and wounded a security guard at the French consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, calling on France to urge its citizens there to be on "high alert".
Macron, 42, has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect key sites such as places of worship and schools, and the country's security alert is of the highest order.
INDIA: A child looks at an illegible picture of Emmanuel Macron, one of several identical portraits lying on a street in Mumbai
INDIA: Slogans are shouted during today's protests in Hyderabad as tensions continue to mount after Thursday's terrorist attack
INDONESIA: Protesters today express their anger at the offensive cartoons in Medan. One holds a poster with Abdullah Anzorov, the Chechen terrorist who murdered the school teacher Samuel Paty near Paris
INDONESIA: Protesters hold pictures of Macron's face covered with a footprint during a demonstration in Bandung today
In the past week, protests and calls for a boycott against French products have spread rapidly from Bangladesh via Pakistan to Kuwait. Social media pulsed with anti-France hashtags.
Muslim leaders, particularly Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have loudly criticized France for what they see as the government's provocative and anti-Muslim stance.
Erdogan made a special exception after being mocked himself in a Charlie Hebdo cartoon in which he lifted a woman's skirt to look at her bare bottom.
The Turkish President called the cartoonists "villains" and accused the West of trying to "restart" the Crusades by attacking Islam after the picture appeared on the front of this week's magazine.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also targeted France by warning that insulting the Prophet would encourage "violence and bloodshed".
Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for an end to the "attacks on Islam" and said the West should be ready to treat blasphemy in the same way as Holocaust denial.
And in Cairo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said that freedom of expression should stop when more than 1.5 billion people are insulted, based on the number of Muslims.
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