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France recalls envoy after Turkey scolds Macron over Muslims

By Daren Butler and Geert De Clercq

 

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FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron welcome Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan with his wife Emine Erdogan at the Elysee Palace as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France, November 11, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojaze

 

ISTANBUL/PARIS (Reuters) - France recalled its ambassador on Saturday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed mental help over his attitude towards Muslims.

 

"Outrage and insult are not a method," Macron's office said.

 

The French leader this month declared war on "Islamist separatism", which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France.

 

France has since been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist radical, avenging the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression.

 

"What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level," Erdogan said in a speech in the central Turkish city of Kayseri.

 

"What else can be said to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and who behaves in this way to millions of people living in his country who are members of a different faith?" Erdogan added.

 

Turkey and France are both members of the NATO military alliance, but have been at odds over issues including Syria and Libya, maritime jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean, and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

"France has gathered its European partners, who share France's demand that Turkey puts a stop to its dangerous adventures in the Mediterranean and in the region," the statement from Macron's office said.

 

Erdogan has two months to respond or face measures, it added, noting the absence of a condolence message from Turkey's leader after the history teacher's death last week.

 

Erdogan is a pious Muslim and since his Islamist-rooted AK Party first came to power in 2002, he has sought to shift Islam into the mainstream of politics in Turkey, an overwhelmingly Muslim but constitutionally secular country.

 

The Turkish president had also said on Oct. 6 that Macron's comments on Islamist threats were "a clear provocation" and showed "impertinence".

 

(Reporting by Daren Butler and Geert De Clercq; Editing by Frances Kerry and Andrew Cawthorne)

 

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Yes Mr Erdogan and how did Turkey deal with people of a different faith? Genocide, Massacre, & forced ethnic expulsion of the Greek, Armenian and Syriac Christian minorities. Thankfully France doe

Unfortunately the millions of people living in France with different beliefs do NOT accept other people's rights to their own beliefs, and thats the problem there and all around the world

Good start, now start to send back all those Turkish people with dual nationality, and I mean not only from France but from the whole of Europe. This guy is the cancer that eventually will be the end

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18 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

If they revoke their ban on the hijab and the burka, France can set itself free.

Queen Elizabeth the first would have cut off their heads as we were at war with them then. 

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Please do not alter a politicians name to suit your own agenda thank you

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2 hours ago, gunderhill said:

Anything that involves the word "belief"  should not be taken seriously. Then to  kill someone based on a "belief" is even more disgusting.

 

Following that, neither AQ, nor IS should have been taken seriously. On the whole, maybe safer to take them a wee bit more seriously than advised above.

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1 hour ago, SomchaiCNX said:

Good start, now start to send back all those Turkish people with dual nationality, and I mean not only from France but from the whole of Europe. This guy is the cancer that eventually will be the end of Europe. They vote left in Europe while supporting extreme right in their own country, the weak laws in Europe allows them to do it legally. Please Macron and the rest of Europe don't stop and start to mention and ask questions about the Armenian genocide. Hopefully he get so angry that he will get a heart attack. It is partly the problem because of the US who want to keep them in NATO. The rest of normal people in Europe had enough of this guy.

 

 

Disregarding the OTT nonsense, was wondering about this bit

 

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It is partly the problem because of the US who want to keep them in NATO.

 

Are other members of NATO openly against Turkey's membership? Also, are you aware that there is no actual mechanism of expelling members from NATO (or for that matter, keeping them in)?

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