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Mahathir on killings in France: Muslims have right to be angry

Three more people slain in Nice, as former Malaysian PM cites attack on teacher

Mahathir Mohamad, the former Malaysian prime minister, called French President Emmanuel Macron "primitive" for blaming Islam in recent French slayings.   © Reuters

PARIS/NEW YORK -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sent out a series of tweets Thursday over the recent killing of a French teacher who used cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a classroom, writing that he believed in freedom of expression but that it should not be used to insult others.

One of his more controversial tweets said that Muslims have a right to "kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past." That tweet was later removed by Twitter on grounds that it violated the social media platform's rules.

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