Rabat - Moroccan weekly magazine Al-Watan Al-An depicted French President François Hollande as Hitler on the cover of its January 28 issue, with a question written in bold that reads, “Will the French revive Hitler's concentration camps to exterminate Muslims?”
Rabat – Moroccan weekly magazine Al-Watan Al-An depicted French President François Hollande as Hitler on the cover of its January 28 issue, with a question written in bold that reads, “Will the French revive Hitler’s concentration camps to exterminate Muslims?”
The cover of the weekly magazine shows a Photoshopped picture of François Hollande sporting a small moustache characteristic of the Nazi dictator and swastika armband.
Contacted by the French language Moroccan weekly Telquel, Abderrahim Ariri, the editor-in-chief of Al-Watan Al-An, said that the picture of the French head of state was meant to highlight the fact that “the French government does not ensure the safety of Muslim citizens in France in the same way that they do for the Jewish community.”
“This is very little of what the French President deserves,” Ariri said.
The editor-in-chief of the magazine added, “Many Muslim places of worship are being attacked daily without triggering the French authorities to act against this.”
Contacted by France24, Ariri said, “French journalists have the right to caricature the Prophet. Why can’t I do the same with the French head of state?”
The French National Observatory Against Islamophobia has recorded 116 anti-Muslim acts in France, including 28 actions against places of worship and 88 threats in letters or drawings on walls, since the Paris attacks that targeted the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7.