Charlie Hebdo, Hollande, against fanaticism real union in Med

Civil society is growing in Arab world. Punish anti-islamic acts

15 January, 14:00

    French president Francois Hollande (R) and president of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab institute), Jack Lang (L) walk past the Arab Institute building bearing the message 'We are Charlie', in Paris French president Francois Hollande (R) and president of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab institute), Jack Lang (L) walk past the Arab Institute building bearing the message 'We are Charlie', in Paris

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - In order to fight against fanaticism France and Europe should "facilitate the formation of an exacting civil society in the Arab world", "solve conflicts and make sure we can create a union between the two shores of the Mediterranean that does not solely rest on hearts and minds but also on culture and economics", said French president François Hollande during an address at the Insitute of the Arab World in Paris on Thursday. "The Mediterraean must not be a sea of pain but of prosperity," Hollande added. Islamic fundamentalism "is fed by the contradictions of poverty and by long unresolved conflicts, Muslims are its first victims", he said. French President invited everyone to "steer away from the confusion" between violent extremists and moderate Muslims.

    "Anti-muslims acts, as well as antisemitism, must not only be denounced but severely punished", Hollande maintained, stressing that France is committed "to the protection of all its citizens" independently of their faith. "We have a commitment to solidarity towards the Arab world" underscored the president, who spoke about Syria where "after the conflict was neglected for far too long, force has become the driving wheel".

    "The Arab world is transforming even though all of its Springs did not prosper", remarked Hollande, according to whom "these changes need time". In this context "security is necessary to the Arab people in order to grant them the necessary time for change".(ANSAmed).

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