He said: “I understand the sentiments being expressed and I respect them. But you must understand my role right now, it’s to do two things: to promote calm and also to protect these rights.”
Macron asserted he believed strong reactions would come from Muslim nations as they misconstrued that he supported the cartoons. He also lashed out at political leaders for “distorting” the issue.
The European country has witnessed several terrorist attacks following the beheading of a schoolteacher in a Paris suburb after he showed cartoons of Prophet Mohammed to his pupils during a lesson on freedom of expression.
The most recent incident took place on Saturday in France’s Lyon where an orthodox priest was shot dead by an attacker, prompting the country to raise security alerts.
Macron’s tough crackdown on radical Islam has infuriated many Islamic nations like Turkey and Pakistan. Recently, Bangladesh also joined them to protest France and Macron.
Amid the anti-France stance, French opposition leader Marine Le Pen called for a ban to be imposed on Pakistan and Bangladesh immigrants.
She had earlier thanked India for showing support for France and its President.