Hollande reassures Muslims, Islamists hack French websites




 
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January 15th, 2015  
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By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande reassured Muslims on Thursday that his country respected them and their religion but said France would not compromise on its commitment to freedom and democracy. Speaking a week after Islamist militant violence that killed 17 people in Paris, he told a meeting at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris that Muslims were "the first victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance". Hollande's speech struck a balance between France's commitment to protect its 5 million-strong Muslim minority and to defend free speech even if Muslims find it offensive.




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