Protesters burn images of Macron as demos erupt around world after French leader backed Mohammed cartoons

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PROTESTERS in countries around the world have burned images of Emmanuel Macron over his support for the right of cartoonists to draw the Prophet Mohammed.

The French president has repeatedly voiced his support for free expression following the murder of history teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb earlier this month.

Protesters in countries around the world have burned images of French president Emmanuel Macron

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Protesters in countries around the world have burned images of French president Emmanuel MacronCredit: AFP or licensors

The protests follow Macron's support for free expression following the murder of history teacher Samuel Paty

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The protests follow Macron's support for free expression following the murder of history teacher Samuel PatyCredit: AFP or licensors

Macron has also been criticised by the leaders of several Muslim countries

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Macron has also been criticised by the leaders of several Muslim countriesCredit: AP:Associated Press

One demonstration today in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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One demonstration today in Dhaka, BangladeshCredit: AP:Associated Press

Paty was attacked and beheaded after using cartoons from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to teach his students about the importance of free speech.

The magazine was the target of a 2015 Islamist attack in which 12 people were killed after it printed cartoons depicting Mohammed.

Visual depictions of the Prophet are forbidden in some sects of Islam.

Speaking at a public memorial for Paty held last week at Sorbonne University, Macron vowed that France "will not give up cartoons".

"[Paty] was killed because Islamics want our future. They will never have it," Macron said.

He later wrote on Twitter: "We will continue, Professor.

"We will continue this fight for freedom, this fight to defend the Republic of which you have become the face."

Dramatic pictures shows images and effigies of Macron being burned at large demonstrations in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Gaza strip.

Macron's comments have also led to calls for a boycott of French products in a number of Muslim countries and drawn criticism from several world leaders.

Taking to twitter, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote: "Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them.

"It is unfortunate that [Macron] has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists.

"Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, [including] his own citizens, through encouraging the display of blasphemous cartoons."

Speaking on Sunday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Macron had “lost his mind”, prompting France to recall its ambassador in Turkey.

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Addressing the tensions between France and Turkey, both Nato allies, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said: “NATO allies and the wider international community must stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the fundamental values of tolerance and free speech.

"We should never grant terrorists the gift of dividing us.”

Macron attends a public memorial for Paty held at Sorbonne University last week

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Macron attends a public memorial for Paty held at Sorbonne University last weekCredit: AFP

Protesters burn an effigy of Macron in Quetta, Pakistan

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Protesters burn an effigy of Macron in Quetta, PakistanCredit: AFP or licensors

A picture of Macron is burned outside the French Cultural Center headquarters in Gaza city

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A picture of Macron is burned outside the French Cultural Center headquarters in Gaza cityCredit: Reuters

Protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh support a boycott of French goods

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Protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh support a boycott of French goodsCredit: AP:Associated Press

Members of Islamist political party Islami Andolan Bangladesh take part in a march to the French Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Members of Islamist political party Islami Andolan Bangladesh take part in a march to the French Embassy in Dhaka, BangladeshCredit: EPA

An image of Macron is burned during a protest at the Palestine Technical University in al-Aroub, north of Hebron, West Bank

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An image of Macron is burned during a protest at the Palestine Technical University in al-Aroub, north of Hebron, West BankCredit: EPA
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