Merkel pledges to protect Muslim faith in an ‘undivided’ Germany |Hollande: Muslims are ‘victims of fanaticism’ — Deutsche Welle de

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has addressed the recent Paris attacks, describing the freedom of the press as one of society’s greatest treasure. She also said that Islam belongs to Germany as much as Judaism.

Opening her address to the German parliament on Thursday morning, Angela Merkel said that the Germany stood alongside France in solidarity in their time of loss.

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Merkel also said that as chancellor she would protect Germany’s Muslim community.

“Every exclusion of Muslims in Germany, every general suspicion is forbidden,” Merkel said, emphasizing that the free practice of religion, including Islam, was protected under by the German Constitution.

 

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Hollande: Muslims are ‘victims of fanaticism’

French President Francois Hollande has vowed that France will protect all religions. In a speech at the Arab World Institute, he said that Muslims are the main victims of fanaticism.

Francois Hollande

Speaking on Thursday, Francois Hollande said that Islam was compatible with democracy and thanked the Arab community for its solidarity in the wake of last week’s fatal attacks which left 17 people dead.

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French Muslims have the same rights as all other French people,” Hollande said.

“We have the obligation to protect them. The law must be firmly enforced in places of worship such as churches, mosques, and synagogues,” he said, adding that anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic acts have to be “condemned and punished.”

“It is Muslims who are the first victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance,” Hollande said.

 

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