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World Erdogan questions Macron's "mental health", the Elysée denounces "unacceptable" remarks

12:40  25 october  2020
12:40  25 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

France recalls envoy after Erdogan jibe at Macron

  France recalls envoy after Erdogan jibe at Macron France on Saturday said it was recalling its envoy to Turkey for consultations after comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed a mental health check-up that Paris condemned as unacceptable. "President Erdogan's comments are unacceptable.France and its NATO ally are at loggerheads over a range of issues including maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria and the escalating conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

“What is Macron ' s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdogan said at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Paris is apparently unimpressed by Erdogan ’s take on Macron , later denouncing his remarks as “ unacceptable .” Erdogan has been highly critical of the

“ Macron needs mental treatment,” Erdoğan added, while indicating he did not expect the French leader to win a new mandate in 2022 elections. Macron ’ s office responded sharply, calling the comments unacceptable . “President Erdoğan ’s comments are unacceptable .

  Erdogan met en doute « la santé mentale » de Macron, l’Elysée dénonce des propos « inacceptables » © Copyright 2020, L'Obs

The Elysée denounced, Saturday, October 24 to AFP, the judged remarks "Unacceptable" from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who had questioned "the mental health" of Emmanuel Macron because of his attitude towards Muslims. The presidential palace also noted "the absence of messages of condolence and support from the Turkish president after the assassination of Samuel Paty", a week after the beheading of this teacher by an Islamist near Paris.

French wrath is reflected in the immediate recall of the French Ambassador to Ankara, a rare diplomatic act, it seems for the first time in the history of Franco-Turkish diplomatic relations. The act, says those around Emmanuel Macron, is "a very strong signal".

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  French anger over Turkey's 'rude' Macron comments France recalls its ambassador after President Erdogan suggests French leader needs "mental check".He said Mr Macron needed a mental health check for pledging to protect secular values and fight radical Islam.

Erdogan questioned his French counterpart' s mental condition while criticizing Macron ’ s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. His remarks at a local party congress were an apparent response to statements Macron made this month about problems created by radical Muslims in France who

Macron needs treatment on a mental level,” Erdogan said in a speech at a provincial congress of his AK Party in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday. France said it was recalling its envoy to Turkey for consultations after “ unacceptable ” comments by Erdogan questioning Macron ’ s mental

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The previous recall to Paris of a French ambassador "in consultation", as the saying goes, dates back to February 2019, to protest against a meeting between Luigi di Maio, then Italian Deputy Prime Minister, and "yellow vests".

The Elysée denounces "the excess and the rudeness" of Ankara

Two weeks ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced as a provocation the statements of his French counterpart on "Islamist separatism" and the need to "structure the 'Islam' in France, while the executive presented its future bill on this subject.

He hammered home the point on Saturday in a televised speech: "All that can be said of a head of state who treats millions of members of different religious communities in this way is: go do it first. mental health examinations ”.

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France's President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . Text size A A A. France on Saturday condemned as unacceptable comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioning the mental health of French counterpart Emmanuel Macron

France condemned on Saturday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ’s remarks questioning the mental health of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and “President Erdogan ’s comments are unacceptable . Excess and rudeness are not a method,’’ a French presidential official told AFP.

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For the Elysee, Ankara's "excess and rudeness" pass less than ever, two days after the ceremony of homage to Samuel Paty at the Parisian University of the Sorbonne.

In his speech Thursday evening, Emmanuel Macron had notably promised that France would continue to defend cartoons. Since then, according to the president’s entourage, "the Turks have been disseminating some sort of absurd propaganda, for example that the president has decided to project the cartoons of Muhammad on public buildings."

"An Islamist campaign against France"

Last November, Erdogan had already questioned the mental health of Emmanuel Macron, replying to the words of the French president on the "brain death" of NATO by inviting him to " examine his own brain death ”.

"Insults and provocations from Erdogan, we have had them almost every week this summer," it was admitted Saturday in President Macron's entourage. What would change this time is "the context".

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  Macron and Erdogan, no love lost The relationship between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan has degenerated in recent months from diplomatic disagreements to annoyance to outright insults. They have clashed over the wars in Syria and Libya, a scramble for natural gas in the Mediterranean and now on Macron's vow to uphold secular values, including the right to mock Islam and other religions, as part of a battle against extremism. -They have clashed over the wars in Syria and Libya, a scramble for natural gas in the Mediterranean and now on Macron's vow to uphold secular values, including the right to mock Islam and other religions, as part of a battle against extremism.

President Erdogan ’s comments are unacceptable . Excess and rudeness are not a method. The source reminds that the official added that the French ambassador to Turkey was being recalled for consultations and would meet Macron to discuss the situation.

Macron has long criticized Erdogan ’s assertion of regional power, from his intervention in the Libyan civil war to his role in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute and his push to explore An Elysee official called the comments on Macron ’ s mental health “brutal,” “aggressive” and “an attack on French values.”

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Calls to boycott French products have multiplied since Friday in several Arab countries in reaction to the presidential speech at the Sorbonne. In the eyes of Paris, “there is an Islamist campaign against France. It’s organized, it’s no accident, and the transmitters are largely Turkish ”.

Around 200 people demonstrated outside the residence of the French Ambassador to Israel on Saturday evening to denounce Emmanuel Macron's comments on the Prophet Muhammad cartoons while demonstrators burned photos of the French president in the Gaza Strip.

International tensions as a backdrop

Internationally, it is stressed, “the lines have changed. We have awakened the European partners to the risk posed by Erdogan "in the eastern Mediterranean, in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, in Libya, or even in Syria.

And if Erdogan's offensive had had the unexpected effect of awakening Europe ...

In France especially, the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine attack led the executive to accentuate the initiative already undertaken against political Islam, angering the Islamo-conservative Turkish leader.

Basically, tensions in the Mediterranean to the conflict in Libya, through the clashes in Nargorny Karabakh, many issues currently oppose Paris and Ankara.

The Elysee Palace again demanded on Saturday "that Turkey put an end to its dangerous adventures in the Mediterranean and in the region", and denounced the "irresponsible behavior" of Ankara in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“There are requirements. Erdogan has two months to respond. Measures will have to be taken at the end of this year, ”the Elysee said of the eastern Mediterranean.

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