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World Erdogan and Macron clash over Turkish leader's comments on Muslims in France

12:05  25 october  2020
12:05  25 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The French leader this month declared war on "Islamist separatism", which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France . Erdogan has two months to respond or face measures, it added, noting the absence of a condolence message from Turkey ' s leader after the history teacher' s

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France has condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over comments he made about Emmanuel Macron's mental health and treatment of Muslims.

Emmanuel Macron wearing a suit and tie: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks on October 16 after a teacher was decapitated by an attacker. © Abdulmonam Eassa/Pool/AFP/Getty Images French President Emmanuel Macron speaks on October 16 after a teacher was decapitated by an attacker.

Erdogan suggested Saturday that the French President needed "some sort of mental treatment" over his attitude towards Muslims in France.

"What is Macron's problem with Islam? What is his problem with Muslims?" Erdogan said, speaking at his Justice and Development Party meeting in Kayseri.

Erdogan added: "Macron needs some sort of mental treatment. What else is there to say about a head of state who doesn't believe in the freedom of religion and behaves this way against the millions of people of different faiths living in his own country?"

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted France and Europe on Saturday over what he saw as "rising Islamophobia," just days after French Erdogan , a pious Muslim who has brought Islam into the mainstream of politics in Turkey , had already clashed with Macron on the subject prior to the

The Turkish president said on Oct. 6 after Macron ’ s initial comments on “Islamist separatism”, that the Turkey and France are NATO members but have been at odds over issues including policies in Erdogan and Macron discussed their disagreements in a phone call last month and agreed to

Macron has vowed to crack down on radical Islamism in France after the country was shaken by the beheading of Samuel Paty on October 16. Paty was a history professor who had taught a class on freedom of expression during which he used controversial caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammed from satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The killing of the teacher by a suspected terrorist in a Paris suburb reignited tensions over secularism, Islamism and Islamophobia in France.

France rebuked Erdogan on Saturday and denounced his comments as "unacceptable."

"Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every way. We do not enter into unnecessary polemics and do not accept insults," a spokesperson at the Elysée Palace, home of the French presidency, told CNN.

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 Turkish president said on Oct. 6 after Macron ' s initial comments on "Islamist separatism", that the Turkey and France are NATO members but have been at odds over issues including policies in Erdogan and Macron discussed their disagreements in a phone call last month and agreed to

The Turkish president said on Oct. 6 after Macron ' s initial comments on "Islamist separatism", that the Turkey and France are NATO members but have been at odds over issues including policies in Erdogan and Macron discussed their disagreements in a phone call last month and agreed to

The spokesperson added that France was recalling its ambassador to Ankara for an "evaluation of the ongoing situation," which they described as a "rare move."

Macron said Tuesday that his government would "intensify its fight against radical Islamism." He said that as a result of Paty's death, dozens of measures had been taken against organizations and individuals "pushing forward a radical Islamist project, in other words, an ideology aimed at destroying the (French) Republic."

The presidency spokesperson pointed out "the absence of messages of condolence and support from the Turkish president after the assassination of Samuel Paty" and condemned Erdogan's call to boycott French products, which the presidency deemed "very offensive."

Erdogan and Macron have clashed repeatedly in the past.

Last month, the Turkish leader blasted his French counterpart after he criticized Turkey over controversial activities in the eastern Mediterranean, warning Macron "not to mess with the Turkish nation and Turkey."

CNN's Gul Tuysuz reported from Turkey. Martin Goillandeau reported from London and Zamira Rahim wrote in London.

Turkish leaders blast Charlie Hebdo as 'incorrigible French rag' over cartoon mocking Erdogan .
The growing spat has seen Erdogan accuse Macron of Islamophobia and encourage Turks to boycott French products. Macron has in turn recalled France's ambassador to Ankara."We strongly condemn the publication concerning our president of the French magazine, which has no respect to faith, the sacred and values," Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

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