India has strongly condemned the attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron who has been targeted by Pakistan, Turkey and some other nations for strongly defending the French people's right to freedom of expression.

In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said: "We strongly deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language on President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse. We also condemn the brutal terrorist attack that took the life of a French teacher in a gruesome manner that has shocked the world. We offer our condolences to his family and the people of France." 

New Delhi also reiterated that there "is no justification for terrorism for any reason or under any circumstance."

French envoy to India, Emmanuel Lenain, thanked the Narendra Modi government for the support. He tweeted, "France and India can always count on each other in the fight against terrorism".

On October 16, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee in France beheaded a 47-year-old schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, days after Paty had shown caricatures of the Prophet to his students.

Condemning the murder, Macron said: "We will continue… We will defend the freedom that you taught so well and we will bring secularism." France, the President said, would "not give up cartoons, drawings, even if others back down".

French satirical magazine Charle Hebdo drew sharp reaction from Turkey after it posted an caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a strong reference to Prophet Mohammad on its front-page.

Turkish Presidential spokesperson Fahrettin Altun took to Twitter to say: "French President Macron's anti-Muslim agenda is bearing fruit! Charlie Hebdo just published a series of so-called cartoons full of despicable images purportedly of our President. We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred."