Anti-France protests in Pakistan: the reasons for the anger

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Anti-France demonstration in Pakistan, October 26, 2020. Demonstrators carry a banner with the inscription “The world biggest terrorist 'France'” with a photo of President Emmanuel Macron.

AP - Muhammad Sajjad

By: Clémentine Pawlotsky

21 mins

In recent days, Pakistan has seen a surge in anti-France protests that have escalated into deadly violence.

In an attempt to appease the TLP, the radical Islamist party at the origin of the movement, the government has decided to organize a vote by Friday (April 23, 2021) in the Assembly on the expulsion or not of the 'French ambassador.

Will this initiative be enough to allay the anger?


Decryption with

Gilles Boquérat

, associate researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), author of the book

Pakistan in 100 questions

, published by Tallandier editions.


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