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White House officials and members of Donald Trump‘s medical team indicated on Sunday the positive reports about the president’s health were being given to keep his spirits up as he battled COVID at Walter Reed Medical Center.

The confusion about the president’s health condition came after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows offered a contradictory statement on Saturday to what the doctors treated Trump said.  

Trump’s personal physician Dr. Sean Conley said the president was doing ‘very well’ but Meadows told reporters after the briefing that Trump had a ‘very concerning’ situation on Friday and the next few days would be critical. 

White House communications director Alyssa Farah indicated Conley’s positive comment about Trump doing well was directed to the president, who is known to watch the briefings, while Meadows wanted to give additional information in the name of being ‘transparent.’

‘When you’re treating a patient, you want to project confidence, you want to lift their spirits and that was the intent. But of Chief of Staff Meadows came out to give you guys more information just to try to be as transparent as we can,’ she told reporters at the White House on Sunday.

There also have been reports that staff inside the White House haven’t been given updates about the medical situation, there has been little contact regarding tracing, and one adviser was told by the president not to reveal their positive test result, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal

Additionally Farah said the White House would release the number of positive tests among the staff.

But White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany contradicted that later Sunday. 

‘No, there are privacy concerns we take very seriously safeguarding the information of the personnel here in the White House. So that’s basically where we stand right now,’ she told reporters at the White House.

The confusion compounded to concern when Trump’s medical team offered additional details on the president’s condition and treatment on Sunday, raising questions about the seriousness of his attack even as they said he may be able to return to the White House on Monday.

Doctors said for the first time the president was given supplemental oxygen on Friday and was on an extensive drug treatment plan, many of which are given to patients in critical condition.

It’s unclear if Trump is receiving such treatment because his condition is serious or if because he’s the president. 

His oxygen levels dropped twice since his diagnosis but never below 90 per cent, Dr. Conley said on Sunday.  A normal oxygen reading is between 95 and 100 per cent. 

Conley also said the president received supplemental oxygen for about an hour on Friday at the White House and the drop – along with a ‘high’ fever – is part of what prompted the decision for Trump to go to Walter Reed.  Conley, on Saturday, evaded questions on whether the president received extra oxygen.

Additionally, Dr. Brian Garibaldi, a specialist in pulmonary critical care, said Trump received a second dose of the experimental drug remdesivir along with a first dose of dexamethasone, a steroid, on Saturday. 

Dexamethasone has been shown to help patients who are severely ill with COVID but it’s not typically used in mild cases. In could be harmful early on as it could dampen the body’s own immune response. On September  2, the World Health Organization recommended the steroid only be given to patients with ‘severe and critical Covid-19.’ 

Trump is in the high-risk category due to his age and weight.

The White House now faces transparency problems as the conflicting information has given the administration and the medical team credibility problems as they brief the American people.   

President Donald Trump briefly left his hospital room at Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday to thank supporters lined up outside the hospital

President Donald Trump briefly left his hospital room at Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday to thank supporters lined up outside the hospital

President Donald Trump briefly left his hospital room at Walter Reed Medical Center on Sunday to thank supporters lined up outside the hospital

White House communications director Alyssa Farah said on Sunday Dr. Conley was being publicly optimistic to keep President Trump's spirits up while Mark Meadows was trying to be 'transparent' in their conflicting statements on Saturday

White House communications director Alyssa Farah said on Sunday Dr. Conley was being publicly optimistic to keep President Trump's spirits up while Mark Meadows was trying to be 'transparent' in their conflicting statements on Saturday

White House communications director Alyssa Farah said on Sunday Dr. Conley was being publicly optimistic to keep President Trump’s spirits up while Mark Meadows was trying to be ‘transparent’ in their conflicting statements on Saturday

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, seen sitting on the bench at a briefing on President Trump's health by the medical team at Walter Reed on Sunday, has come under fire for his handling of the situation

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, seen sitting on the bench at a briefing on President Trump's health by the medical team at Walter Reed on Sunday, has come under fire for his handling of the situation

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, seen sitting on the bench at a briefing on President Trump’s health by the medical team at Walter Reed on Sunday, has come under fire for his handling of the situation

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany walks outside of the White House to do interviews

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany walks outside of the White House to do interviews

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany walks outside of the White House to do interviews

The confusion began on Saturday, Meadows told reporters of the president: ‘The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.’ 

But he originally asked to be identified a person familiar with the president’s condition when the quote was sent to the media via a pool report. However, he was caught on camera talking to the small pool of reporters who follow the president on a daily basis outside of Walter Reed Medical Center, leading to him to be identified by name. 

Conley, earlier that day, standing in front of Walter Reed in his white coat with two rows of medical personnel behind him, painted a different picture. 

‘This morning, the president is doing very well. The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made. He’s been fever free for 24 hours and we are cautiously optimistic,’ he said.

He was asked about the differences when he briefed reporters on Sunday.  

‘I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude of the team, that the president, that his course of illness has had,’ he said. 

He also seemed indicate he was trying to keep the president’s spirits up when he added that he ‘didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction. And in doing so, came off like we’re trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true.’  

McEnany, meanwhile, offered a different explanation of the contradictions to Fox News on Sunday.

‘I think what was lost upon a lot of the media is that really Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Dr. Conley were talking about two different, distinct moments in time. Dr. Conley was summing up the president and his condition at that moment and really over the last 24 hours whereas Mark Meadows was referring to an incident in the White House where there was some temporary concern about oxygen levels, but it was quickly revised and taken care of before he headed out to Walter Reed,’ she said. 

Compounding the problem is Trump’s reluctance to be seen as weak – on anything. 

‘Weakness,’ Mary Trump wrote in her book ‘Too Much and Never Enough’ on the Trump family, ‘was perhaps the greatest sin of all.’ 

Whit House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows gave contradicting information on President Trump's health Saturday compared to what the medical team said; on Sunday, Meadows, above, did not make any public statements on Trump's health

Whit House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows gave contradicting information on President Trump's health Saturday compared to what the medical team said; on Sunday, Meadows, above, did not make any public statements on Trump's health

Whit House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows gave contradicting information on President Trump’s health Saturday compared to what the medical team said; on Sunday, Meadows, above, did not make any public statements on Trump’s health

Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, told reporters Sunday he is giving an 'upbeat' message on Trump's health to reflect the attitude of the president and medical team

Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, told reporters Sunday he is giving an 'upbeat' message on Trump's health to reflect the attitude of the president and medical team

Dr. Sean Conley, physician to President Donald Trump, told reporters Sunday he is giving an ‘upbeat’ message on Trump’s health to reflect the attitude of the president and medical team

The White House has scrambled to show Trump in charge and running the country, despite the COVID diagnosis. 

Trump has posted two videos to Twitter since he checked into the hospital on Friday night. The White House also released two photos on Saturday of the president working in the presidential suite. 

And Trump on Sunday made a last-minute, surprise visit to his supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center, briefing leaving his hospital room to thank the cheering loyalists.

The president was in an SUV and was driven by the screaming, applauding crowds. He waved to them from inside car and was wearing a face mask.

In the front passenger seat was a person wearing full personal protective gear, including a face shield. Secret Service agents were also in the car. The president went into the hospital Friday evening after testing positive for the coronavirus.

His family and staff have posted positive message about the president to Twitter. 

‘Nothing can stop him from working for the American people. Relentless,’ his daughter Ivanka wrote, adding a photo of the president working in the hospital. 

President Trump’s positive COVID diagnosis upended the White House and left many of his staff shell-shocked. The White House had perpetuated an untouchable image when it to combating the virus, arguing their testing measures meant staff and president alike were protected from the disease that has infected more than 7 million Americans.

Meanwhile, a senior Republican questioned Meadows’ approach to situation, saying it was ‘being handled badly.’

‘Anyone taking medical/psychological advice from the chief of staff or his communications team should have their head examined,’ the senior Republican told DailyMail.com.

‘It is being handled badly,’ the person continued, ‘whether the president is fit as a fiddle or on his deathbed.’ 

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been sleeping at Walter Reed Medical Center, he accompanied President Trump to the hospital on Friday evening and is seen above watching the president exit Marine One upon their arrival

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been sleeping at Walter Reed Medical Center, he accompanied President Trump to the hospital on Friday evening and is seen above watching the president exit Marine One upon their arrival

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been sleeping at Walter Reed Medical Center, he accompanied President Trump to the hospital on Friday evening and is seen above watching the president exit Marine One upon their arrival

The White House on Saturday released a photo of President Donald Trump working in Walter Reed

The White House on Saturday released a photo of President Donald Trump working in Walter Reed

The White House on Saturday released a photo of President Donald Trump working in Walter Reed

Trump was furious at Meadows over the botched message, CNN reported, with concerns the chief of staff has undermined the credibility of the medical briefings.

Meadows, who has been sleeping at Walter Reed hospital, was seen at Conley’s briefing on Sunday seated to one side, his head in his hands. 

He went on Fox News Saturday night to deliver a different message. President Trump is known to be a regular viewer of the cable news network.

‘He’s probably one of the hardest-working men that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing,’ he said of the president. ‘I can say this, that the doctor is exactly right. He is doing extremely well. In fact, I’m very, very optimistic, based on the current results.’ 

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66% believe UK government SHOULD extend free school meals

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Two thirds of Britons back Marcus Rashford and believe the Government should help feed the poorest schoolchildren during the holidays, with more than half saying that ministers’ refusal to do so makes them look ‘unkind’.  

A new poll for MailOnline suggests that official attempts to rebuff the campaign led by England football ace Marcus Rashford are badly out of kilter with the feelings of voters.

A survey for this website by Redfield & Wilton Strategies found that there is overwhelming support for aid for those struggling the most during the coronavirus crisis.

Some 66 per cent agree that the Government should take some responsibility for feeding the poorest children when schools are closed.

And in a sign that may alarm Downing Street, 54 per cent of those polled believed that attempts to argue that there are better ways of helping are making the Government look miserly. 

The same amount believe that the Government’s handling of the row was ‘inept’.   

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People take part in a protest outside the Department for Education in Westminster with messages directed at the UK government to reconsider their recent decision not to provide free school meals until Easter 2021

People take part in a protest outside the Department for Education in Westminster with messages directed at the UK government to reconsider their recent decision not to provide free school meals until Easter 2021

People take part in a protest outside the Department for Education in Westminster with messages directed at the UK government to reconsider their recent decision not to provide free school meals until Easter 2021

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The survey of 3,000 people was carried out on Wednesday as Boris Johnson was under pressure to reverse his decision not to extend free meals.

Mr Rashford’s petition to end child food poverty passed an incredible one million signatures  this week.

The online petition, titled ‘End child food poverty – no child should be going hungry’, reached the milestone and continues to rise constantly as more members of the public support the footballer’s campaign. 

Tory backbenchers this week denounced the Government’s handling of the free meals row as ‘shockingly inept’ and a ‘s*** show’. 

A Labour motion to extend meals until Easter 2021 was voted down by MPs in the Commons last week, to the general fury of much of the public.

The England ace quickly blasted Tory MPs who overwhelmingly rejected the scheme and rallied an army of sympathisers on Twitter to put the Government under pressure.

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Meanwhile Labour has taken a five-point lead over the Conservatives amid the fall-out from Boris Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus crisis in a separate poll today. 

An Ipsos MORI poll today puts Labour on 42 per cent, up five, while the Tories have slumped three points to 37 per cent. It is Labour’s first lead over the Conservatives since Mr Johnson became Prime Minister.

His personal popularity has also taken a battering, with a net satisfaction rating of -26, the worst score of his premiership with the pollster.

In contrast, Sir Keir Starmer was on 26, the best of any Labour leader at this stage of their leadership in the past 35 years – apart from Tony Blair. But the poll has carried out before yesterday’s anti-Semitism report release which led to Jeremy Corbyn being suspended.

The poll also found increasing pessimism over the economy, amid fears that England could completely be placed into lockdown.

More than seven in 10 (71 per cent) believe that the economy will get worse in the next year, up 5 per cent on last month.

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A train has been named in honour of civil rights pioneer Paul Stephenson as part of Black History Month celebrations.

Dr Stephenson, 83, who was born in Essex to a West African father and British mother, served in the RAF before moving to Bristol in 1960, where he became the city’s first black social worker.

In 1963, he led the Bristol Bus Boycott, which saw campaigners overturn a ban on ethnic minorities working on the city’s buses.

Dr Stephenson, 83, (pictured) moved to Bristol in 1960, where he became the city’s first black social worker

Dr Stephenson, 83, (pictured) moved to Bristol in 1960, where he became the city’s first black social worker

Dr Stephenson, 83, (pictured) moved to Bristol in 1960, where he became the city’s first black social worker

He was made an OBE in 2009 for his services to equal opportunities and to community relations in Bristol, and received a Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017.

Dr Stephenson was nominated for the train naming by the public and members of staff at Great Western Railway (GWR), as part of the company’s Great Westerners campaign to recognise past and present heroes from across the network.

On Friday morning, GWR hosted a naming ceremony of train number 800036 at Bristol Temple Meads to pay tribute to Dr Stephenson’s lifetime of campaigning.

On Friday morning, GWR hosted a naming ceremony of train number 800036 at Bristol Temple Meads to pay tribute to Dr Stephenson’s lifetime of campaigning

On Friday morning, GWR hosted a naming ceremony of train number 800036 at Bristol Temple Meads to pay tribute to Dr Stephenson’s lifetime of campaigning

On Friday morning, GWR hosted a naming ceremony of train number 800036 at Bristol Temple Meads to pay tribute to Dr Stephenson’s lifetime of campaigning

Dr Stephenson was nominated for the train naming by the public and members of staff at Great Western Railway as part of the company’s Great Westerners campaign to recognise past and present heroes from across the network

Dr Stephenson was nominated for the train naming by the public and members of staff at Great Western Railway as part of the company’s Great Westerners campaign to recognise past and present heroes from across the network

Dr Stephenson was nominated for the train naming by the public and members of staff at Great Western Railway as part of the company’s Great Westerners campaign to recognise past and present heroes from across the network

‘This is such a wonderful gesture and one I’m delighted to accept. I feel very proud to be considered by GWR as one of its Great Westerners,’ Dr Stephenson said.

‘History is very important for understanding who we are, what’s happening to us today and where our vision is for tomorrow.

‘It is vital to take ownership of our history and to revisit it from time to time to ensure we have a clearer picture of our time and understanding of our humanity.’

Dr Paul  Stephenson's (pictured in the middle by a bus in the 60s) campaigns were instrumental in paving the way for the first Race Relations Act in 1965

Dr Paul  Stephenson's (pictured in the middle by a bus in the 60s) campaigns were instrumental in paving the way for the first Race Relations Act in 1965

Dr Paul  Stephenson’s (pictured in the middle by a bus in the 60s) campaigns were instrumental in paving the way for the first Race Relations Act in 1965 

Others to be honoured on GWR’s Intercity Express Trains include the Queen, Bristol paramedic Kathryn Osmond – who fought to raise awareness of the skin cancer melanoma – and Fleur Lombard, the first female firefighter to die on duty in peacetime Britain.

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, the last surviving British member of the Dambusters raid, will also be celebrated.

Jean Cook and Anthony Chitomera, co-chairs of GWR’s Recognising Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (Reach) network, said: ‘As a BAME staff network within GWR, Reach was keen to recognise his lifelong tenacity in knocking down obstacles to equality, inclusion and representation in the workplace.

Dr Stephenson (left) was made an OBE in 2009 for his services to equal opportunities and to community relations in Bristol, and received a Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017

Dr Stephenson (left) was made an OBE in 2009 for his services to equal opportunities and to community relations in Bristol, and received a Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017

Dr Stephenson (left) was made an OBE in 2009 for his services to equal opportunities and to community relations in Bristol, and received a Pride of Britain Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017

‘His courage and determination changed the way we all live for the better. It is our duty to continue his efforts, recognising his work through our deeds. Reaching for a better future for all.’

Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, said he was ‘delighted’ that GWR had chosen to honour Dr Stephenson.

‘Black History Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate Black contributions to British society and it is fitting that GWR will be adding Dr Stephenson to the list of those Great Westerners whose names adorn its trains,’ he said.

In 1964, Dr Stephenson achieved national fame when he refused to leave a pub until he was served.

This resulted in a magistrates’ court trial that was dismissed.

His campaigns were instrumental in paving the way for the first Race Relations Act in 1965.

He later worked for the Commission for Racial Equality in London and was appointed to the Sports Council in 1975, where he campaigned prominently against sporting contacts with apartheid South Africa.

On his return to Bristol, he helped set up the Bristol Black Archives Partnership, which protects and promotes the history of African-Caribbean people in Bristol.

Dr Stephenson was granted Freedom of the City of Bristol in 2007.

James Freeman, First West of England managing director, said: ‘I am delighted to see Dr Paul being recognised in this way for his supremely important achievements.

‘Today I am proud that within our own team, we have a relative of one of the successful protesters who campaigned with Paul to eradicate the systemic discrimination against black and minority ethnic people that took place by the operators who owned and managed the bus companies during that dreadful period of history.’

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The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 began from the Bristol Omnibus Company ‘s refusal to employ black or Asian bus crews in Bristol.

In the 1960’s there was widespread racial discrimination in housing and employment at that time against ‘coloureds’.

Paul Stephenson together with the West Indian Development Council boycotted the company’s buses.

The boycott lasted for four months until the company backed down and overturned their decision to employ coloured staff.

 

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Police clashed with Muslim protesters demanding ‘respect for the Prophet’ in London today outside the French Embassy over Emmanuel Macron‘s stance on Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Demonstrators gathered in the capital holding signs that bore the words ‘We will not tolerate disrespect of our beloved prophet’, ‘The Earth’s biggest terrorist is Macron’ and ‘Insult is not freedom of speech’ as the Muslim world renewed its anger at the French president. 

Macron has become the focal point of Islamic fury after defending Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which were used as justification for a teacher’s murder in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago.  

After three people were murdered in Nice yesterday in the latest in a long line of terror attacks in France, Macron said that France will not ‘give up on our values’ despite fury at the caricatures. 

Other protesters in London held up signs depicting the French President as a demonic creature, while others held up a portrait of Macron with a boot mark across his face.  

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that the demonstrations outside the London embassy had now dispersed. They added: ‘Officers engaged and encouraged those protesting to disperse, the majority left without issue. Those who didn’t comply were dealt with by enforcement.

‘Officers made a total of three arrests. Two people for Covid breaches and one for possession of pyrotechnics.

’13 people have also reported for consideration of a fixed penalty notice.’ 

On Twitter, the French Embassy in London released a statement saying: ‘France is the target of terrorist attacks against our freedom of expression, to believe or not to believe, to live in the Fraternity. We will remain what we are, a free, tolerant country, proud of its humanist values of democracy.’ 

'We will not tolerate disrespect of our beloved prophet': Demonstrators gather in London outside the French Embassy

'We will not tolerate disrespect of our beloved prophet': Demonstrators gather in London outside the French Embassy

‘We will not tolerate disrespect of our beloved prophet’: Demonstrators gather in London outside the French Embassy

'Insult is not freedom of speech': People holding banners gather in front of a popular French brand to call for a boycott and to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

'Insult is not freedom of speech': People holding banners gather in front of a popular French brand to call for a boycott and to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

‘Insult is not freedom of speech’: People holding banners gather in front of a popular French brand to call for a boycott and to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

'Protest against the disrespect of our beloved Prophet Muhammad': Demonstrators gathered outside London's French embassy

'Protest against the disrespect of our beloved Prophet Muhammad': Demonstrators gathered outside London's French embassy

‘Protest against the disrespect of our beloved Prophet Muhammad’: Demonstrators gathered outside London’s French embassy

People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside of the French Embassy in London

People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside of the French Embassy in London

People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside of the French Embassy in London

Boot mark: One demonstrator holds a picture of someone holding a picture of Macron with a shoe mark on his face. Beneath that, the French President is depicted as a demonic orc-type creature

Boot mark: One demonstrator holds a picture of someone holding a picture of Macron with a shoe mark on his face. Beneath that, the French President is depicted as a demonic orc-type creature

Boot mark: One demonstrator holds a picture of someone holding a picture of Macron with a shoe mark on his face. Beneath that, the French President is depicted as a demonic orc-type creature 

Police are seen speaking with protesters in London following Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to free expression

Police are seen speaking with protesters in London following Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to free expression

Police are seen speaking with protesters in London following Emmanuel Macron’s defence of the right to free expression 

Protesters hold signs saying 'Hands off my hijab' and 'My hijab is NOT a threat' - as demonstrators gather in London to voice their fury over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

Protesters hold signs saying 'Hands off my hijab' and 'My hijab is NOT a threat' - as demonstrators gather in London to voice their fury over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

Protesters hold signs saying ‘Hands off my hijab’ and ‘My hijab is NOT a threat’ – as demonstrators gather in London to voice their fury over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

'We condemn killing of innocent people': One protester holds a sign decrying the murder of innocents in London today as another states that 'Islam is the religion of love and peace'

'We condemn killing of innocent people': One protester holds a sign decrying the murder of innocents in London today as another states that 'Islam is the religion of love and peace'

‘We condemn killing of innocent people’: One protester holds a sign decrying the murder of innocents in London today as another states that ‘Islam is the religion of love and peace’ 

The outraged response to Macron’s defence of free expression has been global.  

Today, thousands poured out of Friday prayer services to join anti-French protests in Pakistan while the French flag was set on fire in Afghanistan and others voiced their anger in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia by burning effigies of Macron and stamping on pictures of his face. 

Protesters also gathered outside the French embassies in Copenhagen and Moscow to denounce the French President, while posters of him were set alight in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey has led the condemnation of France in recent days, with President Erdogan suggesting that he needs ‘mental checks’, comparing European leaders to ‘fascists’, and suggesting that Muslims in Europe are now treated the same as Jews before the Second World War. 

Erdogan’s press aide, Fahrettin Altun, condemned the Nice attack but said that ‘such senseless violence has nothing to do with Islam or Muslims’. 

‘We will continue to confront any politician who insults our religion and values,’ he said. 

Protesters are sen gathering outside the French Embassy in London following President Macron's defence of free expression

Protesters are sen gathering outside the French Embassy in London following President Macron's defence of free expression

Protesters are sen gathering outside the French Embassy in London following President Macron’s defence of free expression

People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

‘We feel we owe no apology to anyone for expressing our strong opposition to racism and xenophobia. We categorically deny any effort to associate us with any kind of violence.’

Macron has launched an impassioned defence of freedom of expression and described teacher Samuel Paty as a ‘quiet hero’ after he was murdered for showing the Prophet Mohammed cartoons to his class. 

But Muslim leaders have said that the caricatures are taking free speech too far and accused France of promoting an anti-Islam agenda.  

Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Bangladesh on Friday, chanting slogans such as ‘boycott French products’ and carrying banners calling Macron ‘the world’s biggest terrorist’ as they marched in Dhaka.   

In Pakistan, thousands of Muslims in Pakistan poured out of prayer services to voice their anger at Macron after celebrating the Mawlid, the festival marking the birthday of the Prophet. 

Police take a protester into custody as people holding banners gather in front of a popular French brand in London

Police take a protester into custody as people holding banners gather in front of a popular French brand in London

Police take a protester into custody as people holding banners gather in front of a popular French brand in London

Police on the scene of a protest in London today as demonstrators gather to voice their opposition to Macron's defence of freedom of expression

Police on the scene of a protest in London today as demonstrators gather to voice their opposition to Macron's defence of freedom of expression

Police on the scene of a protest in London today as demonstrators gather to voice their opposition to Macron’s defence of freedom of expression 

A protester holds a sign asking the French President to 'Spread love not hate' amid protests over Macron's comments renewing France's commitment to freedom of speech

A protester holds a sign asking the French President to 'Spread love not hate' amid protests over Macron's comments renewing France's commitment to freedom of speech

A protester holds a sign asking the French President to ‘Spread love not hate’ amid protests over Macron’s comments renewing France’s commitment to freedom of speech 

People burn an image of French President Emmanuel Macron as they gather to protest against his comments

People burn an image of French President Emmanuel Macron as they gather to protest against his comments

People burn an image of French President Emmanuel Macron as they gather to protest against his comments

'Respect our Prophet': People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

'Respect our Prophet': People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

‘Respect our Prophet’: People holding banners gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed

One demonstrator exercises his right to protest by holding up a portrait of the French President with a boot mark on his face

One demonstrator exercises his right to protest by holding up a portrait of the French President with a boot mark on his face

One demonstrator exercises his right to protest by holding up a portrait of the French President with a boot mark on his face

People gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside of the French Embassy in London

People gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside of the French Embassy in London

People gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside of the French Embassy in London

London: Macron has become the focal point of Islamic fury after defending Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which led to a teacher's murder in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago

London: Macron has become the focal point of Islamic fury after defending Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which led to a teacher's murder in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago

London: Macron has become the focal point of Islamic fury after defending Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which led to a teacher’s murder in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago

Police clashed with Muslim protesters demanding 'respect for the Prophet' in London today outside the French Embassy over Emmanuel Macron's stance on Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Police clashed with Muslim protesters demanding 'respect for the Prophet' in London today outside the French Embassy over Emmanuel Macron's stance on Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Police clashed with Muslim protesters demanding ‘respect for the Prophet’ in London today outside the French Embassy over Emmanuel Macron’s stance on Charlie Hebdo cartoons

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, in London

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, in London

People perform Friday prayer outside of the French Embassy as they gather to protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, in London

An estimated 2,000 worshippers took to the streets in the eastern city of Lahore where crowds led by Islamic parties chanted anti-France slogans and clogged major roads en route to a Sufi shrine. 

In Multan, a city in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, thousands burned an effigy of Macron and demanded that Pakistan sever ties with France.

More gatherings were planned for later Friday in Pakistan, including the capital, Islamabad, where police were out in force to prevent possible demonstrations outside the French embassy.  

In Afghanistan, members of the Islamist party Hezb-i-Islami set the French flag ablaze.

Global outrage: Pakistani Sunni Muslims burn a French flag during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, amid worldwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron and his

Global outrage: Pakistani Sunni Muslims burn a French flag during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, amid worldwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron and his

Global outrage: Pakistani Sunni Muslims burn a French flag during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, amid worldwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron and his 

PAKISTAN: Protesters from the Muslim Students Association in Karachi burn a French flag next to defaced images of Emmanuel Macron during the latest demonstration against the French leader today

PAKISTAN: Protesters from the Muslim Students Association in Karachi burn a French flag next to defaced images of Emmanuel Macron during the latest demonstration against the French leader today

PAKISTAN: Protesters from the Muslim Students Association in Karachi burn a French flag next to defaced images of Emmanuel Macron during the latest demonstration against the French leader today 

BANGLADESH: Muslim protesters hold up an effigy of Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayers today as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products amid fury at Macron's stance on blasphemous cartoons

BANGLADESH: Muslim protesters hold up an effigy of Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayers today as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products amid fury at Macron's stance on blasphemous cartoons

BANGLADESH: Muslim protesters hold up an effigy of Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayers today as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products amid fury at Macron’s stance on blasphemous cartoons 

INDIA: Muslim protesters shout slogans as they tear a poster of Macron during a protest in Hyderabad on Friday

INDIA: Muslim protesters shout slogans as they tear a poster of Macron during a protest in Hyderabad on Friday

INDIA: Muslim protesters shout slogans as they tear a poster of Macron during a protest in Hyderabad on Friday 

Supporters of right-wing religious groups take part in a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan

Supporters of right-wing religious groups take part in a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan

Supporters of right-wing religious groups take part in a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan

Crowds gather in Lahore, Pakistan, to protests against French President Emmanuel Macron following Friday prayers

Crowds gather in Lahore, Pakistan, to protests against French President Emmanuel Macron following Friday prayers

Crowds gather in Lahore, Pakistan, to protests against French President Emmanuel Macron following Friday prayers

Palestinians gather to protest against the French President, in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem

Palestinians gather to protest against the French President, in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem

Palestinians gather to protest against the French President, in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem

Supporters of religious group take part in a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan

Supporters of religious group take part in a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan

Supporters of religious group take part in a rally against French President Emmanuel Macron and republishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Lahore, Pakistan

Protesters chant slogans as they wear headbands with Arabic that read: "We are your soldiers, Oh Muhammad," during a protest against French President Macron in Beirut, Lebanon

Protesters chant slogans as they wear headbands with Arabic that read: "We are your soldiers, Oh Muhammad," during a protest against French President Macron in Beirut, Lebanon

Protesters chant slogans as they wear headbands with Arabic that read: ‘We are your soldiers, Oh Muhammad,’ during a protest against French President Macron in Beirut, Lebanon

Muslim demonstrators burn a French flag during a protest against Emmanuel Macron in Guzargah, Afghanistan

Muslim demonstrators burn a French flag during a protest against Emmanuel Macron in Guzargah, Afghanistan

Muslim demonstrators burn a French flag during a protest against Emmanuel Macron in Guzargah, Afghanistan

Palestinians shout slogans as they gather to protest against the French President, in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem

Palestinians shout slogans as they gather to protest against the French President, in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem

Palestinians shout slogans as they gather to protest against the French President, in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, in the Old City of Jerusalem

A protester chants slogans during a protest against French President Macron's comments over Prophet Muhammad caricatures, near the Pine Palace, which is the residence of the French ambassador, in Beirut

A protester chants slogans during a protest against French President Macron's comments over Prophet Muhammad caricatures, near the Pine Palace, which is the residence of the French ambassador, in Beirut

A protester chants slogans during a protest against French President Macron’s comments over Prophet Muhammad caricatures, near the Pine Palace, which is the residence of the French ambassador, in Beirut

Lebanese riot police arrest a protester during a protest outside the Pine Palace, which is the residence of the French ambassador, in Beirut

Lebanese riot police arrest a protester during a protest outside the Pine Palace, which is the residence of the French ambassador, in Beirut

Lebanese riot police arrest a protester during a protest outside the Pine Palace, which is the residence of the French ambassador, in Beirut

Its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, warned Macron that if he doesn’t ‘control the situation, we are going to a third world war and Europe will be responsible.’ 

There were also protests among the Muslim minority in India, despite a statement by the country’s government saying that ‘we strongly deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language on President Emmanuel Macron’. 

Other protests, largely organized by Islamists, are expected across the region, including in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. 

On Thursday, knife-wielding Tunisian terrorist Brahim Aoussaoui killed three people after bursting into a Catholic church in Nice, wounding several others before he was shot and arrested.   

France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor said the attacker had arrived in Europe on September 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia that is a main landing point for migrants from Africa. 

Also on Thursday, a Saudi man stabbed and lightly wounded a security guard at the French consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, prompting France to urge its citizens there to be on ‘high alert.’ 

Macron, 42, has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect important sites such as places of worship and schools, and the country’s security alert is at its highest level.   

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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