Muslims 'have the right to kill many French people', Malaysia's former PM says after knife-wielding Islamist killed three people in a church in Nice


Malaysia's former prime minister on Wednesday, October 29, said that Muslims have the right "to kill many French people", shortly after a knife-wielding Islamist killed three people in a Church in Nice. 

Mahathir Mohamad, who lost power in February this year, said freedom of expression doesn't include "insulting other people" as anger over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed sweeps the Islamic world.

The 95-year-old politician said he didn't approve of the beheading of a French school teacher for sharing caricatures of the Prophet, but added that, "Irrespective of the faith professed, angry people kill".

The French within the course of their history [have] killed many people. Many were Muslims," he said in a tweet which has since been removed for violating the website's rules.

Mahathir continued: "Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill many French for the massacres of the past."

The Malaysian politician said that "by and large", Muslims haven't applied the principle of "eye for an eye".

"Muslims don't. The French shouldn't. Instead the French should teach their people to respect other people's feelings," Mahathir, who has drawn controversy for comments about Jews and LGBT people within the past, added.

Mahathir, who served as Malaysian premier twice for a complete of 24 years, said that French President Emmanuel Macron was "very primitive" and "not showing that he's civilised".

Mahathir's statement came after three people were stabbed to death - two of them beheaded - at a church within the city of Nice by a knifeman shouting "Allahu Akbar". The knifeman was later shot 14 times and wounded by armed police.

Following Mahathir's statement, France's digital minister, Cédric O demanded that Twitter bans Mahathir from its platform.

Cédric O said he told the director of the social media giant in France that his account "must be immediately suspended."

Mr O tweeted on Thursday. If not, @twitter would be an accomplice to a formal entail murder.

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