French side must apologize, Aykhan Hajizada, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in response to the local media inquiry regarding reference to Azerbaijan as a dictatorship by Gérald Darmanin, Minister of Interior of France, Report informs, referring to the Foreign Ministry.

On 16 May 2024, in an interview with France-2, and in his previous anti-Azerbaijani speeches, Gérald Darmanin, Minister of Interior of France referred to Azerbaijan as dictatorship.

Hajizada noted that such statements against Azerbaijan by France are completely unacceptable and have been strongly rejected by Baku/.

“Fundamental rights and freedoms are completely secured in Azerbaijan, in contrast to France, where human rights are grossly violated, protesters are killed during riots, and there is widespread Islamophobia and attacks on Muslims, as well as anti-Semitism,” he added.

The spokesperson emphasized that Azerbaijan has always been shaped and grown as a society committed to democratic values since the restoration of its independence. Azerbaijan is a country where people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds co-exist in a friendly and secure environment.