In an unprecedented move, pictures of France President Emmanuel Macron were pasted and trampled upon Muhammad Ali road in South Mumbai on Thursday. This came just a day after PM Modi extended solidarity to France and condemned the recent attacks.
Soon after a video clip of the posters went viral, Mumbai police deployed several teams to remove the posters from the roads.
According to Mumbai police spokesperson S Chaitanya, the posters have now been removed however no case has been registered so far.
Macron is facing a barrage of criticism from the Muslim community over his defence of the right to publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. On October 16, a French schoolteacher was beheaded for allegedly showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in his class. The suspect, a Chechen-origin teen, was shot by the French police.
During a mourning ceremony in France, Macron asserted that France “will not give up cartoons” and claimed that the teacher was slain for representing secular and democratic values.
On Thursday (Oct 29), a Tunisian man armed with a knife and allegedly carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church in the in Mediterranean city of Nice and killed three. Out of the three victims was a woman who was beheaded in a gruesome manner.