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World Turkey’s Erdogan and French President Macron butt heads – again

22:07  26 october  2020
22:07  26 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.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.

The gloves have come off again between the presidents of Turkey and France. The comments on Monday came just days after Erdogan suggested his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron , undergo a mental health check-up after he announced a plan “to reform Islam” in order to

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The gloves have come off again between the presidents of Turkey and France.

Emmanuel Macron wearing a suit and tie: France's president has faced a flurry of criticism over his plans to 'reform' Islam [File: Christian Hartmann/Reuters] © France's president has faced a flurry of criticism over his plans to 'reform' Islam [File: Christian... France's president has faced a flurry of criticism over his plans to 'reform' Islam [File: Christian Hartmann/Reuters]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Turks to boycott French products amid an escalating dispute over Paris’s support for the right to caricature Prophet Muhammad.

The comments on Monday came just days after Erdogan suggested his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, undergo a mental health check-up after he announced a plan “to reform Islam” in order to make it more compatible with France’s republican values.

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.

France condemns 'unacceptable' comments from Turkey ' s Erdogan and recalls ambassador. Erdogan suggested Saturday that the French President needed "some sort of mental treatment" Macron has vowed to crack down on radical Islamism in France after the country was shaken by the

Erdogan initially lashed out at Macron , signaling that the French president displayed religious intolerance in promising to crackdown on extremists The tension between Turkey and the EU has been escalating over a number of issues from the Libyan civil war to Turkey ’ s energy exploration in

Describing Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide, Macron earlier in October announced measures to combat “radicalisation” among France’s estimated six-million-strong Muslim population in the aftermath of the killing of Samuel Paty, a middle school teacher who showed his pupils drawings of Prophet Muhammad during a discussion on freedom of speech.

While France’s recalling of its ambassador over Erdogan’s comments is a first, the two leaders have butted heads in recent months over issues ranging from the conflict in Libya to oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

Al Jazeera takes a look at the different episodes in which the two leaders have traded barbs.

Islam

“I appeal to my people. Don’t ever pay attention to French brands. Don’t buy them,” Erdogan said at an event in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday.

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 and Turkey are in an escalating diplomatic tussle after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said French President Emmanuel Macron had "lost his way" France has been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist radical. Turkey ' s second insulting swipe at Mr Macron came as France

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said French President Emmanuel Macron needed mental treatment after criticizing Islam and proposing The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a searing caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid high

His announcement was preceded days earlier by boycott calls in the Middle East and wider the Muslim world in protest of Macron who promised France will “not give up our cartoons”.

“What is the problem this person called Macron has with Islam and Muslims? Macron needs mental treatment,” Erdogan said at a meeting of his governing Justice and Development Party over the weekend.

Macron has sought to justify his planned reforms by suggesting a parallel community living under separate laws distinct and contrary to France’s secular values was seeing the light of day.

Authorities have already ordered the closure of a mosque in a Paris suburb and launched several raids against groups accused of contributing to the radicalisation of youth.

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

In Azerbaijan as in Libya, Macron has taken issue with Erdogan’s support of a rival camp, condemning in late September what he called the Turkish leader’s “reckless and dangerous” backing of Azeri forces in their attempt to retake the breakaway and Armenian-occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Attacks on Merkel and Macron: Erdogan calls European politicians "links in the Nazi chain"

 Attacks on Merkel and Macron: Erdogan calls European politicians The Turkish President speaks of a "lynching campaign" against Muslims. The federal government had previously condemned Erdogan's attacks on Macron. © Photo: Uncredited / Turkish Presidency / dpa Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, gives a speech on October 25, 2020 during an event of his ruling party. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused European politicians of Islamophobia in Ankara on Monday and called them "links in the Nazi chain".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes participants before the start of the international peace conference on Libya in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, January 19.

Turkish President Erdogan urged Macron get 'mental checks' after his comments. 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 for consultations to Turkey ' s

“France remains extremely concerned about the warlike comments that Turkey made … which essentially remove any inhibitions from Azerbaijan in what would be a re-conquest of northern Karabakh. That we will not accept,” the French president said.

Macron days later alleged Turkey had sent Syrian fighters in support of Azeri forces, echoing a similar accusation made in January at Ankara over its deployment of Syrian “mercenaries” to Libya.

Eastern Mediterranean

Erdogan in September warned Macron “not to mess” with his country during a standoff between Greece and Cyprus on the one hand and Turkey on the other.

“Don’t mess with the Turkish people. Don’t mess with Turkey,” Erdogan said in a televised address marking the 40th anniversary of a 1980 coup.

Ankara and Athens have been entangled in what has increasingly become a tenacious dispute over hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean that has often drawn in European powers, including France.

Macron had a few days earlier said Europeans must take a “clear and firm” stand not against “Turkey as a nation and people but with the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which has taken unacceptable actions”.

Libya

Macron in June slammed Erdogan for what he described as Ankara’s “dangerous game” in Libya, where Turkey and France support opposing sides in the country’s long-running civil war.

“I have already had the opportunity to say very clearly to President Erdogan, I consider that Turkey is playing a dangerous game in Libya today and going against all of its commitments made at the Berlin conference,” Macron said, referring to a peace summit at which Turkey and several other foreign actors pledged to stop arming Libya’s warring sides.

“We won’t tolerate the role that Turkey is playing in Libya.”

France has been accused of supporting eastern-based renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, who in April 2019 launched an offensive to wrest control of the capital from the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), leading to the killing of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of countless more.

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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