(ANSA) - PARIS, OCTOBER 31 - Controversy in France over the words of the archbishop of Toulouse, Msgr.
Robert Le Gall, who declared that "freedom of expression has limits" and that "we cannot afford to make fun of religions.
Let's see - he added speaking on France Bleu Occitanie radio - the results that are obtained" .
"With this story of caricatures - continued the prelate - fuel is sometimes thrown into the fire. We should calm the waters, because these caricatures are against Muslims but also against the Christian faith".
There were many indignant reactions to the archbishop's words, starting with those of Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of La FranceInsoumise (radical left): "the dams are collapsing - hatwittato - a bishop justifies the crimes".
For Georges Meric, president of the departmental council of Haute-Garonne, the Toulouse region, "these words represent a step backwards in the process of secularization of the Catholic religion".
The French Bishops' Conference had defined the Nice attack as "unmentionable".
In the affected city, the bishop Msgr.
André Marceau told his newspaper Nice-Matin today: "No, je ne suis pas Charlie (I'm not Charlie, in reference to the motto of solidarity with the newspaper hit by terrorists, #jesuisCharlie, ed), I'm André Marceau! ourselves, with our beliefs. These caricatures are not my problem. Sure, freedom of expression is sacred in France, but everyone takes responsibility. There are identities that cannot be too lightly fooled. "