TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Several people were arrested as angry crowd gathered outside the French embassy in Moscow on Friday afternoon to condemn French President Emmanuel Macron for insulting Muslims and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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Dozens of Muslims joined the protests while carrying photos of Macron with a footprint on his face.

A similar picture was earlier reposted on Instagram by Russian MMA champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who slammed the French president for his views.

A caricature depicting Macron as the devil, which was first published in an Iranian paper, was also on display. Several photos of the French leader were torched during the protest.

At one point, the demonstrators were filmed engaged in a shoving match with police.

At least 10 people ended up being detained, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

A similar gathering was also staged outside the embassy on Thursday, prompting diplomats to ask the Russian authorities to increase security, according to media reports.

Muslim rallies against France and Macron have been taking place in many countries after the French leader insisted that the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which is considered blasphemy in Islam, was in line with the country’s values in the area of freedom of speech.