Mohammed cartoons: phone call between Trudeau and Macron
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Share November 5, 2020 3:05 p.m. Share Caricatures of Mahomet: Phone call between Trudeau and Macron Lina Dib The Canadian Press OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron spoke on the phone in the early afternoon, Thursday, Ottawa time.
In the Prime Minister's office, it is said that this telephone contact was “a request following the Nice attack”. We therefore understand that it was the Canadian government that initiated the thing, but we do not know at what precise moment.
Last Friday, Mr. Trudeau seemed to offend the French president when he said, commenting on the cartoons of Mohammed used as pretexts for attacks in France, that freedom of expression has limits.
He then compared the act of publishing these cartoons to the act of shouting “fire” in a crowded cinema.
President Macron, Tuesday, chose to call the Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, to thank him for his “unconditional” support at a time when France was undergoing a series of Islamist attacks, a gesture that Mr. Legault said is eager to publicize.
The day before, the Quebec Prime Minister had said that in this debate, he agreed with Mr. Macron and “totally disagree” with Mr. Trudeau.
In the Commons on Wednesday, the Bloc and Conservatives were determined to criticize the Prime Minister for his remarks on Friday, seeing it as the source of a diplomatic incident, even if this week, Mr. Trudeau changed his mind, said he did not not condemn the publication of the caricatures of the prophet of Muslims and assured that he would defend freedom of expression without nuance.
Thursday morning, the Bloc leader, at a press briefing, advised Mr. Trudeau to start a telephone conversation with the French president as follows: “I apologize”.
“When the injury touches a point as sensitive as human lives and the deep values of French society, (…) I doubt that a simple phone call is sufficient,” added Yves-François Blanchet.
Thursday afternoon, Bloc members and Conservatives in the Commons returned to the charge.
“Today, the Prime Minister must crawl in front of the French President to repair the broken pots,” said Conservative MP Richard Martel.
Opposite, it is the Minister of Foreign Affairs who defended his government.
“The transatlantic relationship has never been as strong as it is today”, assured François-Philippe Champagne.