France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdoğan criticizes Macron

NATO allies France and Turkey are at loggerheads on a number of issues including Syria, Libya, maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean and Armenia Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

In a recent diplomatic ‘halt’ between two NATO allies, France recalls ambassador from Turkey. The French government made the decision after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advised “mental treatment” to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over his anti-Muslim behaviour.

In a statement, the French presidential office said “Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdoğan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect.”

France recalls ambassador from Turkey at the moment when the two NATO allies are already at loggerheads on a number of issues including Syria, Libya, maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean and Armenia Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Macron’s rhetoric of hatred

Tensions are rising in France due to Macron’s anti-Muslim statements and his recent activities of introducing a law against religious “separatism” and to defending “the right” to commit blasphemy.

Adding fuel to the fire, French President recently said, “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today, we are not just seeing this in our country.” He further announced to introduce a law against religious ‘separatism’.

The aforementioned state-owned policy of social extremism against Muslim community is devastating the religious harmony in France. The recent incident of a teacher’s decapitation for showing caricatures of prophet Muhammad is an outcome of the French government’s policies.

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French media has reported that some Muslim parents had already filed complaints to the school administration about the teacher’s use of controversial caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.

Instead of addressing the root cause, the French government started a crackdown on the French Muslim community.

Erdogan’s criticism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held Europe responsible for rising Islamophobia across the continent.

“Europe is preparing its own end with its front against Muslims. If they aren’t rid of this disease as soon as possible, it will collapse all of Europe from within,” Erdogan said, addressing a meeting of Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Turkish President criticized recent anti-Muslim policies of French President Macron and said, “What can we say of a head of state who behaves like this to millions of members of a different faith in his country”.

“First of all, [Macron needs] mental checks”, Erdogan added.

Erdogan’s criticism came after his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron blamed Muslims for separatism and depicted Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world”.

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