Charlottesville violence: Emmanuel Macron condemns xenophobia, backs anti-racism activists in US

Paris: French president Emmanuel Macron backed anti-racism activists in the United States on Thursday in a message that avoided criticising US president Donald Trump over his reaction to violence in Charlottesville.

File image of Emmanuel Macron. AP

File image of Emmanuel Macron. AP

"On the side of those who combat racism and xenophobia. Our common fight, yesterday and today. #Charlottesville," he wrote on Twitter.

Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday that Trump had made "a huge mistake" by failing to clearly condemn a white supremacist, neo-Nazi and "alt-right" rally in Charlottesville.

Violence broke out at the Charlottesville rally called to protest plans to remove a statue of pro-slavery Confederate leader Robert E Lee.

One counter-protester was killed when a suspected Nazi sympathiser drove a car into a crowd.

Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 21:01 PM

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