Paris was quick to react after attacks by the Turkish president, who had called into question the “mental health” of his French counterpart on Saturday.
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French President Emmanuel Macron responded strongly on Saturday to the new attacks by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and recalled the French ambassador to Paris, a rare diplomatic act.
The French presidency denounced to AFP the remarks deemed “unacceptable” by the Turkish president – who had questioned “the mental health” of Emmanuel Macron because of his attitude towards Muslims -, but also noted “the absence of messages of condolence and support from the Turkish President after the assassination of Samuel Paty ”, a week after the beheading of this teacher by an Islamist near Paris.
The French wrath is reflected in the immediate recall of the French Ambassador to Ankara, it seems for the first time in the history of Franco-Turkish diplomatic relations. The act, says the entourage of Emmanuel Macron, is “a very strong signal”.
The previous recall to Paris of a French ambassador “in consultation”, as the saying goes, dates back to February 2019, to protest against a meeting between Luigi di Maio, then Italian vice-prime minister, and “yellow vests” .
Last November, Mr. Erdogan had already questioned the mental health of Emmanuel Macron, replying to the words of the French president on the “brain death” of NATO by inviting him to “examine his own brain death”.
“Insults and provocations by Erdogan, we have had almost every week this summer”, we admitted on Saturday in the entourage of President Macron. What would change this time is “the context”.
About 200 people demonstrated on Saturday evening in front of the residence of the French ambassador to Israel to denounce Emmanuel Macron’s comments on the prophet Muhammad cartoons while demonstrators burned photos of the French president in the Gaza Strip.
Internationally, it is stressed, “the lines have changed. We have awakened the European partners to the risk posed by Erdogan “in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, in Libya, or even in Syria.
Especially in France, the assassination of the teacher led the executive to accentuate the initiative already undertaken against political Islam, arousing the anger of the Turkish Islamo-conservative leader.
“Outrage” and “rudeness”
Two weeks ago, Mr. Erdogan denounced as a provocation the statements of his French counterpart on “Islamist separatism” and the need to “structure Islam” in France, while the executive presented its future bill. on this theme.
He hit the nail on the head on Saturday in a televised speech: “All that can be said about a head of state who treats millions of members of different religious communities in this way is: go and do things first. mental health examinations ”.
For the Elysee, Ankara’s “excess and rudeness” pass less than ever, two days after the ceremony of homage to Samuel Paty at the Parisian University of the Sorbonne.
In his speech Thursday evening, Emmanuel Macron had notably promised that France would continue to defend the cartoons. Since then, according to the president’s entourage, “the Turks have been disseminating a kind of absurd propaganda, for example that the president has decided to project the caricatures of Mohammed on public buildings”.
“Caricatures of Muhammad”
Calls to boycott French products have also been increasing since Friday in several Arab countries in reaction to the presidential speech at the Sorbonne. In the eyes of Paris, “there is an Islamist campaign against France. It is organized, it is not the result of chance, and the transmitters are very largely Turkish ”.
Basically, tensions in the Mediterranean to the conflict in Libya, through the clashes in Nargorny Karabakh, many issues currently oppose Paris and Ankara.
The Elysee again demanded on Saturday “that Turkey put an end to its dangerous adventures in the Mediterranean and in the region”, and denounced the “irresponsible behavior” of Ankara in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“There are demands. Erdogan has two months to respond. Measures will have to be taken at the end of this year ”, declared the Elysee with regard to the Eastern Mediterranean.
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