US News Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls for a boycott of French brands

20:25  26 october  2020
20:25  26 october  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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The dispute between Erdoğan and French President Macron is coming to a head. After several verbal attacks, the Turkish president is now appealing to his people not to buy any more French products.

  Türkei: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ruft zum Boykott französischer Marken auf © POOL / REUTERS

The relationship between France and Turkey is getting worse and worse. In a dispute with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron , Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on the Turks to boycott French brands.

"From here I appeal to my people. Just ignore French brands, don't buy them," said Erdoğan. With a view to the alleged Islamophobia in Europe, he drew a comparison to National Socialism.

Muslims in Europe were exposed to a "lynching campaign" that was comparable to the persecution of "the Jews before World War II," said Erdoğan. 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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Macron had made it clear after the beheading of a teacher in France that freedom of expression in France also includes the right to caricature the prophet Muhammad. France would "not forego caricatures and drawings," even if others did, said Macron at a memorial service in honor of the killed Samuel Paty. He had shown Mohammed cartoons in class and was killed and beheaded in the street. Islamic tradition forbids depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

dealers then took French goods from their branches in Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar on Sunday. Erdoğan accused Macron of Islamophobia over the weekend and expressed doubts about his mental health. Paris called back its ambassador from Ankara in protest .

Maas describes Erdoğan's verbal attacks as "completely unacceptable"

The current call for a boycott represents a new low point in relations between Paris and Ankara. Most recently, both countries have already been through the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the war in Libya and the gas dispute Eastern Mediterranean clash.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has also described Erdoğan's verbal attacks on French President Macron as a "new low" in relations with Ankara. Erdoğan's personal attacks are "completely unacceptable," said Maas in a joint press conference with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, in Berlin.

Macron appeals to Turkey .
France's head of state Emmanuel Macron has accused Turkey of "warlike behavior" towards NATO. Macron told the Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera that this should be brought up openly. © Adem ALTAN and Ludovic Marin / various sources / AFP Turkish President Erdogan (l.) And his French official Macron are in permanent clinch He is in favor of calming relations, but his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan has to support the EU and Respect France and refrain from "lies" and "insults", said French Pre

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