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French President Emmanuel Macron said 'Islamist terrorism is an international threat that needs an international response' in a tweet on Wednesday.

His comments came as he condemned an attack that left 50 victims beheaded in Mozambique over the weekend.

Islamist militants chopped up the bodies of victims and abducted women in a gruesome attack in southern African nation. 

'In Mozambique, more than 50 people have been beheaded, women kidnapped, villages looted and then set on fire,' Macron wrote on Twitter.

'Barbarians hijack a religion of peace to sow terror: Islamist terrorism is an international threat that calls for an international response.' 

Recent comments from Macron speaking out against Islamist terrorism in the wake of the murder of Samuel Paty - a french teacher who was beheaded last month - have made him the target of anger from corners of the Muslim world.

French President Emmanuel Macron's comments come after 50 people were beheaded in Mozambique in an attack by Islamist militants. A terror attack in France last month was followed by a wave of anger against Macron (pictured next to Thomas Paty's coffin in Paris on October 21) in the Muslim world for his comments defending the freedom of speech

French President Emmanuel Macron's comments come after 50 people were beheaded in Mozambique in an attack by Islamist militants. A terror attack in France last month was followed by a wave of anger against Macron (pictured next to Thomas Paty's coffin in Paris on October 21) in the Muslim world for his comments defending the freedom of speech

Paty was beheaded by 18-year-old Abdoulakh Anzorov, a Chechen extremist who attacked Paty in the Paris suburbs on October 16. 

He was targeted after showing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class during a lesson on free speech, drawing anger from Muslim parents. 

In the wake of the attack, Macron hailed Paty as a 'quiet hero' and paid tribute to France's teachers while vowing to defend freedom of expression. 

In response, Macron's image has been burned in effigy during angry protests. 

In Mozambique, bodies of dismembered victims were found scattered across a forest clearing on Monday after a football pitch was turned into an 'execution ground'. 

Villagers were caught and killed as they tried to escape the violence while another group of militants set homes alight during the attack on Friday and Saturday, it is believed.  

The attack is the latest in a growing wave of jihadist violence in Mozambique by extremists linked to ISIS.    

Islamist militants in Mozambique (file photo) beheaded more than 50 people, chopped up the bodies of victims and abducted women in a gruesome attack in Mozambique on Monday

Islamist militants in Mozambique (file photo) beheaded more than 50 people, chopped up the bodies of victims and abducted women in a gruesome attack in Mozambique on Monday

Some of the gunmen are said to have chanted 'Allahu Akbar' when they raided a village and abducted some of its women, while others slaughtered victims in nearby Muatide, according to BBC News. 

As many as 4,000 militants are thought to be fighting against Mozambique's government and other groups as the Islamists try to establish a 'caliphate'. 

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