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World Erdogan doubles down in backlash against Macron's Islam comments

20:05  25 october  2020
20:05  25 october  2020 Source:   msn.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.

The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron ' s comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish The Turkish leader doubled down on Sunday, again contending that Macron "really needs to have checks" and this time also accusing him of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night".

ISTANBUL - The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron ' s comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again urging him The Turkish leader doubled down on those comments Sunday, accusing Macron of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night".

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.

a man holding a sign: Protesters took to the streets of Istanbul Sunday to voice their displeasure against French President Emmanuel Macron's recent comments on Islam © Yasin AKGUL Protesters took to the streets of Istanbul Sunday to voice their displeasure against French President Emmanuel Macron's recent comments on Islam a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: Arab Israeli Muslim demonstrators, clad in masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, protest against the comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, in the Arab town of Umm-Al Fahem in Northen Israel on Sunday © Ahmad GHARABLI Arab Israeli Muslim demonstrators, clad in masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, protest against the comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, in the Arab town of Umm-Al Fahem in Northen Israel on Sunday

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 because Islamists want our future".

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.

The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron ' s comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again urging him to have The Turkish leader doubled down on those comments Sunday, accusing Macron of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night".

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 many Muslims demanding boycotts of France.

Emmanuel Macron, Recep Tayyip Erdogan are posing for a picture: Happier times: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of luncheon at the Elysee palace in Paris in January 2018 © LUDOVIC MARIN Happier times: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of luncheon at the Elysee palace in Paris in January 2018

But Erdogan on Saturday urged Macron to have "mental checks" for treating "millions of members from different faith groups this way" -- comments which prompted Paris to recall its envoy to Ankara.

The Turkish leader doubled down on those comments Sunday, accusing Macron of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night".

"(Macron) is a case and therefore he really needs to have checks," he said in a televised speech in the eastern Anatolian city of Malatya.

Relations between Macron and Erdogan have become increasingly strained over geopolitical issues ranging from a Greek-Turkish maritime dispute to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

French anger over Turkey's 'rude' Macron comments

  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.

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.

The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron ' s comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again urging him to have \. The Turkish leader doubled down on those comments Sunday, accusing Macron of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night".

The European Union's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, called the comments Erdogan made on Saturday "unacceptable" and urged Turkey "to cease this dangerous spiral of confrontation."

- 'Attacking Islam' -

Anger at Macron spilt over into the streets in several Muslim-majority countries, with further demonstrations expected Sunday.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Macron of "attacking Islam".

He tweeted that the French leader "could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation."

In Deir Al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians burnt portraits of Macron, calling his comment "an attack and an insult against Islam."

"We condemn the comments of the French President... and whoever offends the Prophet Mohammed, whether through words, actions, gestures or drawings," said Maher al-Huli, a leader of Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the coastal Palestinian enclave.

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 many Muslims demanding boycotts of France. But Erdogan on Saturday urged Macron to have "mental checks" for treating "millions of members from different faith groups this way" -- comments which prompted Paris to recall its envoy to Ankara. The Turkish leader doubled down on those comments Sunday, accusing Macron of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night".

The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron ' s comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish The Turkish leader doubled down on Sunday, again contending that Macron "really needs to have checks" and this time also accusing him of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night".

The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron ’ s comments on Islam intensified Sunday, with Turkish The Turkish leader doubled down on Sunday, again contending that Macron “really needs to have checks” and this time also accusing him of being “obsessed with Erdogan day and night”.

In Lebanon, powerful pro-Iran Shiite movement Hezbollah condemned the "deliberate insult" to the Prophet.

In Iraq, Rabaa Allah, a powerful pro-Iran armed faction, said in a statement that one and a half billion people worldwide had in effect been insulted, and warned that its men were "ready to respond when and where they want".

Pro-Iranian militias in Iraq recently burned down the headquarters of a television station seen as "insulting" the Prophet.

Demonstrators also held protests in various regions of war-torn neighbouring Syria still outside government control, burning pictures of Macron, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.

Jordan's Islamic Affairs Minister Mohammed al-Khalayleh said that "insulting" prophets was "not an issue of personal freedom but a crime that encourages violence."

His comments came as French prosecutors Sunday said two Jordanians had filed a complaint with police after an apparently racially motivated attack in the city of Angers.

Libyan social media users called for demonstrations on Sunday afternoon -- calls echoed by a religious TV channel linked to Mufti Sadek al-Ghariani, the war-torn North African country's controversial top religious leader.

"If a Muslim leader made the same racist and hostile statements about the West as Macron did about Islam, he would be accused of being extremist, racist and terrorist," said Ghariani.

Several Libyan towns and cities had already seen rallies by demonstrators brandishing placards bearing slogans such as "the Prophet is a red line" and pictures of Macron with his face crossed out in red.

"As Muslims, it's our duty to respect all the prophets, so we expect the same from all other religions," said housewife Fatima Mahmoud, 56, who said she would attend a demonstration in Tripoli.

"Demonising Islam and Muslims isn't going to keep the social peace in France."

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Battling two crises, France's Macron faces defining moment .
Battling two crises, France's Macron faces defining momentBorn as Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron on Dec. 21, 1977, in Amiens, France, he is the son of doctors Françoise Macron-Nogues (physician) and Jean-Michel Macron (professor of neurology).

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