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Jakarta Post

What President Macron really means

  • Olivier Chambard


Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30 2020   /  01:00 am
This picture taken on September 1, 2020 in Paris shows covers of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo reading 'All of this, just for that,' to be published on September 2 to mark this week's start of the trial for 14 accused in January 2015 jihadist attacks in Paris. (AFP/File)

The terrorist attack that took place in Conflans Sainte-Honorine on Oct. 16, in which a teacher was beheaded when leaving school, aroused strong emotion in France. A national tribute was paid to him. France has suffered repeated terrorist acts on its territory for several years, like Indonesia. President Emmanuel Macron has therefore presented a strategy which aims to isolate and fight against this terrorism, which takes the form of radical Islamism. In the light of certain declarations and calls for a boycott of French products in recent days, it is my duty to denounce the erroneous or biased interpretations of President Macron’s speech. I will summarize the main points of his strategy, but above all I invite everyone to read this speech. First, it is radical Islamism that is targeted. President Macron clearly identified the target of this strategy, an ideology – ra...