Macron slams 'separatism', bigotry on 150th anniversary of republic

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In a speech delivered at the Panthéon monument in Paris, during celebrations of the creation of the modern French republic in 1870, President Emmanuel Macron launched a strong against what he called 'separatism' by some in society, talking up the freedoms that the country allows, and notably the freedom of expression and the right to blaspheme, while warning that, 'The republic is still fragile, still precarious'.

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“On this anniversary day, it is not so much joy which dominates as lucid gravity,” French president Emmanuel Macron said when he celebrated the 150th anniversary of the republic at the Pantheon on Friday, reports The Irish Times.