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In the dispute over the Islamic statements by French head of state Emmanuel Macron, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a boycott of French goods. "Don't pay attention to French-labeled goods, don't buy them," Erdogan said in a televised speech on Monday, joining a series of calls for boycotts in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the federal government condemned Erdogan's statements about Macron as "completely unacceptable".
is the dispute over Macron's reaction to the allegedly Islamist-motivated murder of a history teacher near Paris who had shown caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in class. Macron had announced stricter controls on mosques and other Muslim institutions.
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Macron's statements, including sticking to caricatures, caused outrage in the Arab world; In several Muslim countries there were protests and calls for boycotts against France over the weekend, which continued at the beginning of the week. Erdogan accused Macron of Islamophobia and advised the president to have his "state of mind examined".
With a view to the alleged Islamophobia in Europe, Erdogan caught up again on Monday and drew a comparison to National Socialism. Muslims in Europe were exposed to a "lynching campaign" that was comparable to the persecution of "Jews before World War II," said Erdogan. He accused European heads of state and government of being "fascists in the true sense of the word" and "chain rings of National Socialism". Europe must end the "Macron-controlled hate campaign" against Muslims.
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At the same time Erdogan let it be known through his spokesman that he condemned the "monstrous murder" of the history teacher Samuel Paty. Nothing could justify the attack.
Meanwhile, the President of the Muslim umbrella organization CFCM in France, Mohammed Moussaoui, stressed that Muslims are "not persecuted". France is "a great country," he told the AFP news agency. Faced with the boycott of French products, he urged people to defend the country's interests.
Erdogan's statements also met with indignation in the EU. "These are defamatory statements that are completely unacceptable," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin. They are unacceptable, "especially against the background of the murder of an Islamist fanatic" against the French teacher Paty, Seibert said. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office pointed out that Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) had also expressed "great understanding" for Macron's position.
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The Prime Ministers of Italy, the Netherlands and Greece also expressed their support for France, as did the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
France called its ambassador from Ankara to Paris for consultations in response to the verbal attacks at the weekend. Pakistan in turn summoned the French ambassador on Monday to complain about France's "systematic anti-Islam campaign".
The president of the largest French employers' association, Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, called the boycott calls against France in Arab countries on Monday as "bad news". At the same time he called on the association members to oppose such "blackmail": "Our values count more than our business," he told the radio station RMC.
The pedagogue Paty was beheaded on Friday a week ago by an 18-year-old assassin of Chechen origin, apparently because he had shown his students cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to illustrate the subject of freedom of expression.
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Caricatures. Demonstrations across the Muslim world against France .
© Arif ALI / AFP Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Bangladesh on Tuesday, calling for a boycott of French products. Tens of thousands of people protest across the Muslim world, after Emmanuel Macron’s defense of the freedom to caricature during the tribute to a teacher killed for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.