Erdogan advised Saturday that the French President wanted “some form of psychological remedy” over his perspective in direction of Muslims in France.
“What’s Macron’s drawback with Islam? What’s his drawback with Muslims?” Erdogan mentioned, talking at his Justice and Improvement Occasion assembly in Kayseri.
Erdogan added: “Macron wants some form of psychological remedy. What else is there to say a couple of head of state who would not imagine within the freedom of faith and behaves this fashion in opposition to the hundreds of thousands of individuals of various faiths residing in his personal nation?”
Macron has vowed to crack down on radical Islamism in France after the nation was shaken by the beheading of Samuel Paty on October 16. Paty was a historical past professor who had taught a category on freedom of expression throughout which he used controversial caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed from satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The killing of the instructor 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 feedback as “unacceptable.”
“Extra and rudeness are usually not a technique. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his coverage as a result of it’s harmful in each means. We don’t enter into pointless polemics and don’t settle for insults,” a spokesperson on the Elysée Palace, residence of the French presidency, instructed CNN.
The spokesperson added that France was recalling its ambassador to Ankara for an “analysis of the continued scenario,” which they described as a “uncommon transfer.”
Macron mentioned Tuesday that his authorities would “intensify its combat in opposition to radical Islamism.” He mentioned that on account of Paty’s demise, dozens of measures had been taken in opposition to organizations and people “pushing ahead a radical Islamist venture, in different phrases, an ideology geared toward destroying the (French) Republic.”
The presidency spokesperson identified “the absence of messages of condolence and assist from the Turkish president after the assassination of Samuel Paty” and condemned Erdogan’s name to boycott French merchandise, which the presidency deemed “very offensive.”
Erdogan and Macron have clashed repeatedly prior to now.
Final month, the Turkish chief blasted his French counterpart after he criticized Turkey over controversial actions within the japanese Mediterranean, warning Macron “to not mess with the Turkish nation and Turkey.”
On Saturday Pakistan’s outspoken Prime Minister Imran Khan additionally criticized Macron over his stance on Islamism and accused him of “attacking Islam.”
“The very last thing the world needs or wants is additional polarisation. Public statements based mostly on ignorance will create extra hate, Islamophobia & area for extremists. by means of encouraging the show of blasphemous cartoons concentrating on Islam & our Prophet,” Khan wrote on Twitter.
Khan went on to allege that Macron had “attacked & damage the feelings of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Europe & the world over.”
CNN’s Gul Tuysuz reported from Turkey. Martin Goillandeau reported from London and Zamira Rahim wrote in London.