The French government has nothing to do with the 2015 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published in the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, noted on Saturday in an interview with the Qatari TV station Al Jazeera, excerpts from which are given on its website.

These drawings were published by an independent publication not affiliated with the French government, the TV station reported referring to Macron. 

The French authorities have nothing to do with this, this is not a government project, he added.

The French President noted that he is sympathetic to the anger of the Muslim public over the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.  According to Macron, anti-French protests in the Islamic world are caused by a misinterpretation of the statement he made two weeks ago after the terrorist attack in the Paris suburb, where an 18-year-old terrorist killed on October 16 a school teacher who showed cartoons to students  on the Prophet Muhammad, TASS reported

After the incident, President Macron warned that the French authorities will launch a fight against the supporters of radical ideology and the associations they have created.