Khamenei says Macron’s support for blasphemous caricatures ‘stupid act’

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TEHRAN Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the French president’s support for blasphemous caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) a “stupid act” and an “insult” to those who voted for him.

“Ask your president why he supports insulting God’s messenger in the name of freedom of expression. Does freedom of expression mean insulting, especially a sacred personage?” Khamenei said, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron, in a message addressed to “French youth” on his official website.

“Isn’t this stupid act an insult to the reason of the people who elected him?” he added.