Agence France-Presse, October 29, 2020
Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that Muslims had a right “to kill millions of French people”, shortly after a knife-wielding man launched a deadly attack in Nice.
Referring to the beheading of a French teacher who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, Mahathir said he did not approve of that attack but that freedom of expression does not include “insulting other people”.
“The French in the course of their history has killed millions of people. Many were Muslims. Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
Mahathir, who served as Malaysian premier twice for a total of 24 years, said that French President Emmanuel Macron was “not showing that he is civilised”, adding he was “very primitive”.
The beheading of the teacher, Samuel Paty, prompted Macron to promise a crackdown on Islamic extremism.