16 Jul 2024
Saturday 22 September 2012 - 12:21
Story Code : 6036

Iran's president assails West over prophet film and cartoons in French magazine

Iran
By Fox News

TEHRAN, Iran The Iranian president has lashed out at the West over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States and the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by a French satirical weekly.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that "in return for (allowing) the ugliest insults to the divine messenger, they -- the West -- raise the slogan of respect for freedom of speech."

Ahmadinejad asserted that this shows a double standard and "is clearly a deception." The Iranian leader spoke during a military parade Friday in Tehran.

The remarks come after a week of protests and riots by Muslims angered by the film that depicts Islam's prophet as a womanizer, religious fraud and child molester. The violence has left at least 30 people dead.

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