US News After tweet from satire magazine: Turkey outraged by "Charlie Hebdo" caricature by Erdogan

16:20  28 october  2020
16:20  28 october  2020 Source:   ksta.de

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Turkey has sharply condemned an front page of the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo" with a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . Erdogan's communications director Fahrettin Altun accused the magazine of “cultural racism” late on Tuesday evening. The "so-called caricatures" are "repulsive" and without human morality, it said in a message. "The anti-Muslim agenda of French President Emmanuel Macron is bearing fruit!" Wrote Altun.

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The caricature on the cover of the Wednesday edition of "Charlie Hebdo", which was published online on Tuesday evening, shows Erdogan in a white top and underpants sitting on an armchair. He holds a can in his hand and lifts the robe of a veiled woman to reveal her bare bottom. "Ohh! The Prophet! ”Reads a speech bubble. The page is titled with the words: "Erdogan - in private he is very funny".

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The intention of the publication is "to sow seeds of hatred and hostility," wrote Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Twitter. “Anyone with a sense should condemn and reject this disgusting publication.”

The mood between France and Turkey has long been heated

The mood between France and Turkey has long been heated. The latest tensions were triggered by Macron's comments on freedom of expression and Islam following the death of teacher Samuel Paty, who was allegedly beheaded by an Islamist. The French head of state had defended freedom of expression and the publication of caricatures several times - most recently at the memorial service for Paty. The teacher had shown caricatures of Mohammed in class as an example of freedom of expression. Especially devout Muslims reject a graphic representation of the prophet and find it insulting, but it is not explicitly forbidden in the Koran.

Pakistan and several Arab governments criticized Macron's stance. Erdogan had called for a boycott of French goods and personally attacked Macron. Among other things, he recommended to the French head of state to undergo a psychological examination. (dpa)

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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