France responds to demands for a boycott; Erdogan insults Macron
Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan said one day after claiming that Macron wanted his head investigated for condoning caricatures of the prophet of Islam, that the French leader had “lost his way.” The French authorities condemned Turkish” propaganda “against France that they said was aimed at fanning hatred at home and abroad and called for calls to urgently avoid boycotting French goods, claiming that such attacks were the work of a” radical minor.
Meanwhile, in an increasing, possibly high-risk conflict, the president of Turkey took a second insulting swipe at French President Emmanuel Macron. A day after saying that Mr. Macron wanted his head investigated for condoning the prophet of Islam’s caricatures, on Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the French leader had “lost his way.” In an unprecedented development, France declared on Saturday that it was recalling its consultation ambassador.
Meanwhile, last week, without using slurs, Pakistan and a bloc of Muslim nations condemned Mr. Macron’s remarks in which he declined to condemn the publishing or exhibition of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). Among the kinds of speech that come under freedom of expression, France finds religious satire to be one, although many Muslims view any supposed attack on their prophet as a serious offense. An 18-year-old man of Chechen descent was decapitated near Paris on Oct. 16 The teacher who revealed Muhammad (SAWW)’s caricatures in class.
Last, while thanking the trainer, Mr. Macron said that France does not renounce its freedoms. During a party congress on Saturday, the Turkish leader attacked his French counterpart, challenging the status of Mr. Macron’s mental health. With outrage, the French presidency responded, but Mr. Erdogan did not back off.
“He lost his way to the guy in charge of France,” Mr. Erdogan said Sunday. “While in bed, and while awake, he goes on about Erdogan. First of all, look after yourself and where you’re headed. “I said yesterday … he is a case, and he still needs to be investigated.” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s evening statement condemned “hateful and slanderous rhetoric against France showing an intention to fan hostility against us and among us,” an obvious response to the likely reaction of the Muslim community of France.
Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan tweeted that Mr. Macron wanted “to promote Islamophobia by targeting Islam rather than jihadists” and “to intentionally provoke Muslims, including his own people.” On Friday, the 57-nation Islamic Cooperation Body, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, denounced the “ongoing trend of running satirical caricatures portraying the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW).
The organization, unlike Turkey, had previously condemned the killing of the French teacher. Samuel Paty, while leaving school in a suburb of Paris, was beheaded. Police shot the 18-year-old suspect in the shooting, which had been radicalized, to death. The gruesome killing of the teacher, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, came as the French government works on a proposed law to curb “separatism,” especially Islamist extremists who Mr. Macron claims to have developed a parallel count of the universe.
What is this person’s concern with Islam and Muslims, named Mr. Macron? “Mr. Erdogan, a devout Muslim, asked rhetorically on Saturday during a meeting of his Justice and Development Party in Kayseri, central Anatolia. In a series of increasingly bitter disagreements between Paris and Ankara, it was the latest episode that is fraying ties between the two NATO allies. The office of Mr. Macron said on Saturday that the policies of Mr. Erdogan are “dangerous.”
In its statement Saturday declaring the recall of its envoy, the French presidential office acknowledged Turkey’s call for a boycott of French goods. The step could add a layer of economic implications to the deepening geopolitical tussle if taken to heart. In recent months, tensions between France and Turkey have escalated over concerns such as the conflict in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory dominated by ethnic Armenian rebels within Azerbaijan.