Erdogan labels Macron mentally ill. At the same time, French...

President Erdogan’s new outcome on President Macron’s mental health has led to a full-blown crisis between France and Turkey.

On Saturday, young and old showed their anger at President Emmanuel Macron and France in the Turkish city of Istanbul. France is now facing a new wave of anger from Muslims. Yesterday there were also demonstrations in Gaza, while boycott actions have appeared in several countries. The background is President Macron’s confrontation with Islam after a French teacher was killed for using the Mohammed caricatures in his teaching. Photo: MURAD SEZER / AP / NTB

France calls home ambassador to Ankara after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked President Emmanuel Macron to have his mental health checked.

Erdogan’s sarcastic statements came after Macron’s speeches on Islam and Islamic extremism in the wake of the assassination of teacher Samuel Paty. According to Erdogan, Macron must have a problem with Islam as long as he defends the right to show caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

– What can you say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faiths in this way: First and foremost, get your mental state checked, Erdogan said in a televised speech on Saturday.

– Whips up hatred

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accuses Turkey of trying to whip up hatred against France. He believes it is unacceptable behavior from a NATO ally.

“The Turkish government’s hateful, defamatory propaganda against France reveals a desire to whip up the hatred against us and among us,” says Le Drian.

He also expresses disappointment that Turkey has failed to condemn the assassination of Paty and express solidarity with France in retrospect.

After creating a full-blown diplomatic crisis following statements about Macron’s mental health on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his remarks on Sunday during a televised speech to party members in the eastern province of Malatya. Foto: Turkish Presidency/AP/NTB

Erdogan repeats: – Macron has lost his grip

On Sunday, Erdogan came up with new outbursts against President Macron, reports Reuters.

– The person leading France has lost his grip. He walks around criticizing Erdogan all day long. Take care of yourself first and keep an eye on where you are going. As I said in Kayseri yesterday, he is a case and should have his mental state checked, the Turkish president said in a televised speech in the city of Malatya in eastern Turkey.

French President Emmanuel Macron should have his mental health examined, according to the Turkish president. He has lost his grip, Erdogan repeated on Sunday. Foto: Charles Platiau / Pool via AP / NTB

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The background for Erdogan’s powerful blackmail campaign is Macron’s critique of Islam after the assassination of teacher Samuel Paty, who had shown the Mohammed cartoons in teaching. Earlier this month, Macron described Islam as a religion in crisis around the world.

But the hate crisis between the two NATO countries France and Turkey is also about other conflicts, such as Libya, Turkish oil exploration in the Mediterranean and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.


On Sunday, EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell reached out to Turkey’s president following statements about Macron’s mental state.

– Turkey is asked to stop this dangerous confrontation spiral, he writes on Twitter on Sunday.

At the same time, there are criticisms and protests against France from the Arab world.

On Sunday, Macron was accused by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan of attacking Islam and sowing discord. He refers, among other things, to Macron’s statement that Paty was killed because “Islamists want our future”.

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Boycott of French goods

Macron’s war on Islamic extremism has also created several boycotts of French goods in several Arab countries.

In Kuwait, several trade associations have ensured that French goods have now been removed from store shelves, reports Reuters.

The head of the largest grocery cooperative with around 70 stores, Fahd Al-Kishti, told Reuters that they had removed all French goods in response to “repeated insults to the Prophet”.

In Saudi Arabia, which is considered to be the largest economy in the Middle East, it is also smoldering in anti-French campaigns. A topic that calls for a boycott of the French shopping center chain Carrefour, was on Sunday the second most used on the internet and in social media in the country.

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