Trudeau defends freedom of speech after outcry over comments on Paris attack


French president called Quebec premier to thank him for support — but didn’t call the prime minister. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pressed Tuesday to clarify comments he made last week about the limits of free speech after a teacher in France was beheaded by a terrorist for showing cartoon caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a class discussion. “I think it is important to continue defending freedom of expression, freedom of speech. Artists help us reflect and challenge our views and they contribute to our society and we will always continue to defend freedom of expression,” Trudeau said in French today.

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