The satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ “does not embody in any way the sentiment of the French public opinion”, the freedom of speech and freedom of the press being fundamental principles of the French Republic, French Ambassador in Bucharest Michele Ramis told AGERPRES.
Recently, ‘Charlie Hebdo’ released cartoon with Romanian tennis player Simona Halep lifting the Roland Garros trophy and shouting “Scrap metal!”.
“Simona Halep’s historic victory at Roland Garros represents an immense pride reason for the French Embassy, that sees in her a beautiful, strong symbol, only months before the opening of the Romania-France Season. This Season will allow us to renew and consolidate ties between Romania and France in all domains, including the sports one,” Ramis underscores.
The French diplomat also refers to the freedom of the press principle.
“Whatever one might think of these cartoons, I should point out that the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press are fundamental principles of the French Republic. This magazine only reflects the author’s view and in no way does it embody the sentiment of the French public opinion,” the French Ambassador adds.
Ambassador Luca Niculescu: Let us not allow a small cartoon to ruin such a great joy
“Let us not allow a small cartoon”, from the “seventh page of a satiric weekly which made from its freedom of speech, insolence, and provoking sensibilities of any sort, a well known tradition” “to ruin such a great joy”, that of Simona Halep’s victory at Roland Garros, posted Friday, on his Facebook page, the Romanian ambassador in France, Luca Niculescu.
He made a reference to a cartoon that appeared in the French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which the Romanian tennis player Simona Halep raises the Roland Garros trophy and yells “Metal scraps!”
“I attended the Roland Garros final and saw the atmosphere there – many French people were shouting “Allez, Simona” alongside with us, the Romanians, the ones who supported her with “Hai, Simona!”. Since (Halep) winning the tournament, I received dozens of messages from high ranking French officials (many consultants of president Emmanuel Macron, prim-minister Edouard Philippe whom I’ve met a few days ago at a reception, ministers and representatives of Ministers, fellow ambassadors) for Simona Halep’s victory,” Luca Nicolescu wrote in his post.