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France: National Assembly condemns Erdogan's 'provocation' against Macron04:11

France: National Assembly condemns Erdogan's 'provocation' against Macron

France, Paris
October 27, 2020 at 18:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Members of the French National Assembly condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments against French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris on Tuesday.

"How long are we going to tolerate the provocation of President Erdogan?" asked French MP Meyer Habib.

"Saturday, he urged the president of the republic to have a mental exam: this is unprecedented. Sunday, the Islamist leader does it again. On Monday, he called for a boycott of France. If that is not a war declaration, that certainly looks like it," he added.

"France is determined, as I stated, to defend its principle and fight radical Islamism. We are also determined to explain our policy to all our partners in the Muslim world, in particular," the Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Franck Riester, stated.

"We want to remind, in the face of this calumny, this manipulation of information, especially from Turkish networks, or some social media who can manipulate people who would think that France would intend to attack Islam, we want to reaffirm the policy of France: a policy of an open and free republic," he continued.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his citizens to boycott French goods over French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam, and reiterated that the French leader needs to undergo a 'mental health check,' prompting France to recall its ambassador to Turkey for consultations on Saturday.

Erdogan's comment came after Macron backed the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Earlier this month, the French president said that Islam is "a religion that is in crisis all over the world today," as he announced a bill to 'strengthen' a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in the country.

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Members of the French National Assembly condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments against French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris on Tuesday.

"How long are we going to tolerate the provocation of President Erdogan?" asked French MP Meyer Habib.

"Saturday, he urged the president of the republic to have a mental exam: this is unprecedented. Sunday, the Islamist leader does it again. On Monday, he called for a boycott of France. If that is not a war declaration, that certainly looks like it," he added.

"France is determined, as I stated, to defend its principle and fight radical Islamism. We are also determined to explain our policy to all our partners in the Muslim world, in particular," the Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Franck Riester, stated.

"We want to remind, in the face of this calumny, this manipulation of information, especially from Turkish networks, or some social media who can manipulate people who would think that France would intend to attack Islam, we want to reaffirm the policy of France: a policy of an open and free republic," he continued.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his citizens to boycott French goods over French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam, and reiterated that the French leader needs to undergo a 'mental health check,' prompting France to recall its ambassador to Turkey for consultations on Saturday.

Erdogan's comment came after Macron backed the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Earlier this month, the French president said that Islam is "a religion that is in crisis all over the world today," as he announced a bill to 'strengthen' a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in the country.

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