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World French anger over Turkey's 'rude' Macron comments

05:50  25 october  2020
05:50  25 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam

  A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam Muslims in France have been pressured to assimilate into the country’s secular culture. But at what cost?History and geography teacher Samuel Paty, 47, brought scrutiny this month when he showed his 12- to 14-year-old students two caricatures of Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — the same images that in 2015 inspired jihadists to kill 11 staff members at the magazine and six others in Paris. Parents and teachers at the school, located just 20 miles outside the capital, said Paty gave his Muslim pupils the opportunity to leave the classroom or look away so as not to anger them.

France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron . Mr Macron has spoken out forcefully on these issues after a French teacher was murdered for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

‘President Erdogan’ s comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method.’ France says it is summoning its ambassador to Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron should undergo medical treatment over his Islamophobic comments .

France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

Emmanuel Macron in a suit standing in front of a building: Mr Macron has hailed Samuel Paty, who was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, as © Reuters Mr Macron has hailed Samuel Paty, who was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, as "the face of the Republic"

He said Mr Macron needed a mental health check for pledging to protect secular values and fight radical Islam.

Mr Macron has spoken out forcefully on these issues after a French teacher was murdered for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

France "will not give up our cartoons", he said earlier this week.

Erdogan doubles down in backlash against Macron's Islam comments

  Erdogan doubles down in backlash against Macron's Islam comments The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again urging him to have "mental checks" and protests in Muslim-majority nations. Speaking after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to pupils in a lesson on free speech earlier this month, Macron vowed France would "not give up cartoons" and said Paty "was killed becauseSpeaking after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to pupils in a lesson on free speech earlier this month, Macron vowed France would "not give up cartoons" and said Paty "was killed because Islamists want our futu

France is recalling its envoy to Turkey after Erdogan said his French counterpart needed ‘mental Earlier this month, Macron pledged to fight 'Islamist separatism' in France, drawing a sharp rebuke The Turkish president said on October 6 after Macron ’ s initial comments on “Islamist separatism”

Turkey ' s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) questioned the conduct of his French counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has criticised his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron ’s attitude towards Turkey ' s Erdogan to sue French weekly Le Point over front page eradicator 'insult'.

Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad can cause serious offence to Muslims because Islamic tradition explicitly forbids images of Muhammad and Allah (God).

But state secularism - or laïcité - is central to France's national identity. Curbing freedom of expression to protect the feelings of one particular community, the state says, undermines the country's unity.

Responding to Mr Macron's campaign to defend such values - which began before the teacher was murdered - Mr Erdogan said in a speech on Saturday: "Macron needs treatment on a mental level.

"What else can be said to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and who behaves in this way to millions of people living in his country who are members of a different faith?"

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France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude .

Macron ' s comments , on Wednesday, came in response to the beheading of a teacher, Samuel Paty, outside his Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- the president of Turkey and a major ally of Qatar -- on Saturday slammed Macron over his policies toward Muslims, saying that the French president needed "mental

He went on to ask: "What's the problem of the individual called Macron with Islam and with the Muslims?"

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In the wake of the remarks, a French presidential official told AFP news agency that France's ambassador to Turkey was being recalled for consultations, and would be meeting Mr Macron.

"President Erdogan's comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect," the official was quoted as saying.

Erodgan is a pious Muslim who has sought to move Islam into Turkey's mainstream politics since his Islamist-rooted AK Party came to power in 2002.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: President Erdogan said: © Reuters President Erdogan said: "Macron needs treatment at a mental level"

The diplomatic spat is latest issue to strain relations between France and Turkey, who are allies under Nato but disagree on a range of geo-political issues, including the civil wars in Syria and Libya, and the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.

What’s behind the Middle East boycott of French products?

  What’s behind the Middle East boycott of French products? Muslim leaders accuse Macron of using divisive rhetoric for political gain and alienating France’s six million Muslims.Bolstered by social media, the campaign asks Arabs and Muslims not to buy French products in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s statements this month describing Islam as a religion in crisis.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan launched a fresh attack on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, saying he needed mental treatment over his attitude towards Muslims and Islam. Earlier this month, Macron pledged to fight "Islamist separatism", which

Commenting on Emanuel Macron ' s support for Le Point magazine' s recent article dubbing Turkish President Erdogan 'the dictator', Turkish political analyst Rifat Sait said that the move comes amid France' s growing cooperation with Washington.

Seven people, including two students, have been charged over the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty on 16 October near Paris. His killer, 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, was shot dead by police shortly after the attack, which took place near Mr Paty's school.

In 2015, 12 people were killed in an attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The publication was targeted by extremists for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier this month, Macron described Islam as a religion "in crisis," and announced plans for tougher laws to tackle what he called "Islamist separatism" on France.

France's Muslim community, which is Europe's largest, comprises about 10% of the population. Some Muslims have accused Mr Macron of trying to repress their religion and say his comments risk legitimising Islamophobia.

How cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed placed France in the firing line of radical Islam .
In the wake to two terrorist attacks, anti-French protests erupt across the Muslim world in an escalating backlash against the European nations strict form of secularism.Two weeks ago, in a brutal attack that shocked the nation, a Muslim teen beheaded a school teacher in the streets of Paris after he used caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in a class lesson on freedom of speech.

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