The French presidency has denounced the “unacceptable” statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who questioned the “mental health” of his French counterpart Emanuel Macron over his treatment of Muslims.
Earlier, the Turkish president launched a personal attack on the French president, calling him “crazy”, saying that he needed psychiatric help, thus further intensifying the already tense relations between the two countries.
The motive for this frontal attack was Macron’s statements about Islamist terrorism and the casualties he causes in his country, most recently the assassination of educator Samuel Pati by a fanatical Islamist in Paris.
Tayyip Erdogan was “offended” by what Macron said about Islamist terrorism, saying specifically the following:
“Macron’s mind must be controlled. He is crazy, he needs treatment. “What does he think, to speak for Islam, because he does not want to look at the many problems of his people and the elections he has in a short time”, he added, thus criticizing the government work that is being done in France. He also added that “we will see what will be the end of Macron, who in his term of office did not bring any benefit either for his people or for himself”.
“Erdogan’s policy is dangerous”
“President Erdogan’s statements are unacceptable. Provocation 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 engage in useless warfare and we do not accept insults,” Elieze told AFP, adding that Paris was recalling the French ambassador to Ankara for consultations.
“The only thing we can say about the head of state who treats millions of members of different religious communities in this way is to go for a mental health test first,” Erdogan said earlier in a speech.
Two weeks ago, the Turkish president denounced as provocative the French president’s statements about the need to “structure Islam” in France.
“Since launching its offensive in Syria, France has not stopped denouncing President Erdogan’s behavior. The last few weeks have shown that we were right,” he said.
The French presidency today reiterated its call for “Turkey to end its dangerous adventures in the Mediterranean and the region” and denounced Ankara’s “irresponsible behavior” in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Claims have been made. Erdogan has two months to respond. “Measures should be taken at the end of the year,” Elysee also said regarding the Eastern Mediterranean.
“Absence of condolences” for the beheading of the French teacher
At the same time, the French presidency noted “the absence of messages of condolence and messages of support from the President of Turkey after the assassination of Samuel Patti”, the teacher who was beheaded a week ago in an Islamist attack near his school on the outskirts of Paris .
The Elysee also notes the “very offensive statements (made by Recep Tayyip Erdogan) in recent days, especially the call for a boycott of French products.”
Sketches by Charlie Hebdo will illuminate government buildings
At the same time, Emmanuel Macron declared war on Islamic fanaticism, allowing government buildings to be illuminated with Charlie Hebdo magazine sketches depicting Muhammad, which led to the recent beheading of Professor Samuel Patimos by a fanatical musician.
The beginning was made with the lighting of government buildings in Montpellier.
Police stand guard as Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad were projected onto a town hall in Montpellier, France as a tribute to the history teacher who was beheaded by a Muslim refugee. In 2015, 12 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine were killed by jihadists. pic.twitter.com/yOmzUWZJtM
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In fact, for the first time, Macron spoke in a speech about religious isolation and presented a plan based on five axes, including preventive measures against the “radicalization” of young Muslims and the suppression of separatist tendencies in society.