If you look at the recent French history, you’ll realize that France has banned freedom of expression and freedom of religion, as we recently realized that they banned hijab.” Adnan Rashid, historian and political commentator, LondonThe policies adopted by some Western governments are controlled by a group of “thugs” seeking to spark “World War III,” an analyst tells Press TV. “The people at large are not responsible for the acts of a few thugs running around trying to cause World War III. These are a bunch of people, a small group of people controlling the French policy, the British policy and the American policy,” said Adnan Rashid, a London-based historian and political commentator, in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday. The political analyst made the remarks in reference to the recent publication of blasphemous anti-Islam cartoons by the French Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has defended the magazine’s move.
“This is really, really contradictory in itself. The statement he made cannot be accepted because if you look at the recent French history, you’ll come to realize that France has banned freedom of expression and freedom of religion, as we recently realized that the French banned hijab, banned the burqa,” Rashid stated“Then they (French authorities) came out and banned this particular freedom of expression or freedom of religion. What about these freedoms which the French government is kind of putting restrictions on?” he said, adding that wearing burqa has even been practiced by the French native women. The publication of the inflammatory material comes at a critical time when the Muslim world is outraged and annoyed by a US-made anti-Islam film targeting the prophet of Islam (PBUH). Meanwhile, France has increased security around its embassies in several countries. On Wednesday, the French Muslim Council (CFCM), the main Islamic body in France, accused Charlie Hebdo of firing up anti-Muslim sentiments. MY/HSN