France’s President Macron Says U.S. Mainstream Media ‘Legitimized Violence’

Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emanuel Macron vented ire on the U.S. mainstream media for “legitimizing” violence. He lamented that the big media outlets have lost the “founding principles” of journalism. 

The Daily Wire reported that Macron’s interview comes after the series of Islamic terrorist attacks in France. The chain of events started with a teacher who was beheaded for showing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

“When France was attacked five years ago, every nation in the world supported us,” Macron said in an interview with the New York Times. He referred to the Islamic terrorist attacks of November 2015, resulting in more than 100 casualties in Paris. 

“So when I see, in that context, several newspapers which I believe are from countries that share our values — journalists who write in a country that is the heir to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution — when I see them legitimizing this violence, and saying that the heart of the problem is that France is racist and Islamophobic, then I say the founding principles have been lost.”

He continues that his administration “will be inflexible when it comes to tackling racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination, and new strong decisions will be made to reinforce the egality of chances.” He added that he fears the “false rewriting of history.”