Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to his French counterpart amid a controversy about his recent comments on freedom of speech.
Mr. Trudeau expressed Canadian solidarity with the “French people” after the recent terror attacks.
A teacher was beheaded in a Paris suburb after showing some of his students a cartoon about the Prophet Muhammad.
Trudeau’s comments last week on freedom of expression have been criticized in both Canada and France.
French President Emmanuelle Macron’s defending the cartoon publication has sparked protests in a number of Muslim-majority countries.
In a number of countries there have been calls to boycott French goods.
What did Trudeau say last week?
Mr. Trudeau condemned recent attacks in France, including the deadly knife attack on a church in Nice, the third suspected Islamist attack in the country within more than one month.
But when answering a question about the Prophet Mohammed’s right to present a caricature, he said “freedom of speech is not without limits”.
“We have a personal responsibility to act with respect for others and to try not to cause injury in an arbitrary or unnecessary manner to the people we share with a society and a planet with.”
He added: “For example we don’t have the right to shout fire in a crowded cinema, there’s always a limit.”
What was Macron’s response?
On Tuesday, Mr. Macron spoke by phone with the Canadian prime minister of Quebec, Francois Legault, to thank him for his words of support after the attack.
Mr. Legault said that he “condemned without reservation” of what happened in France.
However, Mr Macron did not call Trudeau that day – seen by the French leader as an act of contempt, especially as both were seen as like-minded political allies.
Mr. Trudeau has since made clear his earlier remarks, saying that “it is important to continue to defend freedom of expression, freedom of expression”.
He added: “Our artists help us reflect and challenge our views and they contribute to our society, and we will always continue to defend freedom of expression. “
What about today’s call?
Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Macron spoke by phone on Thursday indicating the two leaders were mending the fence of remarks.
According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, Mr. Trudeau “expressed Canada’s solidarity with the French people following recent terrorist and violent attacks” and the two “agreed on the importance of protection. their freedom of expression and human rights as well as their shared commitment to counter terrorism and violent extremism ”.
- Emmanuel Macron