Ankara, Turkey – Erdogan’s words went hard! France called the ambassador.

France has summoned its ambassador in Turkey, Herve Magro, to the country for consultations.

France said it had summoned its ambassador in Turkey, Herve Magro, to the country for consultations.

A statement from the Elysee Palace on the issue argued that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement about French President Emmanuel Macron was unacceptable.

France has summoned its ambassador to Turkey, Herve Magro, to the country for consultations, the statement said.

President Erdogan, in a statement today, used the following statements:

“What is Macron’s problem with Islam, What is his problem with Muslims? Macron needs a mental health treatment. What else can be called a head of state who does not understand Freedom of Faith, Freedom of Faith, treats millions of people of different faiths living in his own country in this way, primarily mental control. You’re dealing with Erdogan once in two. Dealing with Erdogan won’t get you anything. Already have election after 1 year. We’ll see his fate in the election. I don’t think is far off the path.”

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron’s mental health

France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude.

Erdogan questioned his French counterpart’s mental condition while criticizing Macron’s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. His remarks at a local party congress were an apparent response to statements Macron made this month about problems created by radical Muslims in France who practice what the French leader termed “Islamist separatism.”

“What is the problem of this person called Macron with Islam and Muslims?” Erdogan asked rhetorically during his Justice and Development party meeting in the central Anatolian 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?” the Turkish leader continued.

The French presidency reacted hours later with a statement that said, “Excess and rudeness are not a method” and “We are not accepting insults.”

Using unusually strong language, the French presidency said, “We demand Erdogan to change his policy, which is dangerous in all aspects.”

The presidency point out that Erdogan, a devout Muslim, did not offer condolences following the beheading near Paris last week of a teacher who had shown in class some caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. French judicial authorities are investigating the killing as an Islamist terror attack.

Tensions between NATO allies France and Turkey have intensified in recent months over issues that include the fighting in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, a region within Azerbaijan that is controlled by ethnic Armenian separatists.

Macron has notably accused Turkey of flouting its commitments by ramping up its military presence in Libya and bringing in jihadi fighters from Syria.

France also has sided with Greece and Cyprus in tensions with Turkey over offshore oil and gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, prompting criticism from Turkey.

Erdogan says Macron needs mental health treatment for having a “problem with Muslims”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went on another bombastic rant on Saturday claiming that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment.”

“What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) congress in central Kesareia (Καισάρεια, Turkish: Kayseri) province.

“What can be said to a head of state that treats millions of members of a religious minority in his country this way? First of all, (he needs) a mental check,” Erdogan added.

Radical Islam has become an increasing problem in France with terrorist attacks increasing in volume, especially after the 2015 migrant crisis.

Last Friday’s beheading of Samuel Paty for showing cartoons of Muhammed, Islam’s founder, sent shockwaves across France.

Shortly after the murder, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his country would dissolve the Cheikh Yassin Collective, following a video released by its founder that insulted the history teacher.

Avi Pazner, Israel’s former ambassador to France said:

“Up until recently, France has been reluctant to deal with the problem. Even more so, every time there was a terror attack, they were afraid to articulate the words: ‘Islamic terror’, preferring to phrase it differently.”

“The feeling of discrimination created a fertile ground for Muslim radicalism because youths frustrated with their lack of integration first started seeking the company of each other and then they started attending Islamic centres and mosques that have been offering them quite a different solution to their problems,” said the former diplomat.

In a bid to purge radical Islam from France, Muslim Brotherhood associated mosques have been shut down, the likely source of the Turkish President’s wrath as he is one of the main backers of the extremist group.

Erdogan did not only leave his political rhetoric against Macron, but also took aim against his German allies and accused them “fascism” because of the police raid on a Berlin mosque.

“European fascism reaches a new level with such attacks on their own citizens,” he said.

France recalls ambassador from Turkey after Erdogan says Macron needs “mental treatment”

France has recalled its ambassador from Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment.

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

Earlier today, Erdogan went on another political challenge claiming that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment.”

“What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) congress in central Kesareia (Καισάρεια, Turkish: Kayseri) province.

“What can be said to a head of state that treats millions of members of a religious minority in his country this way? First of all, (he needs) a mental check,” Erdogan added.

Last Friday’s beheading of Samuel Paty for showing cartoons of Muhammed, Islam’s founder, sent shockwaves across France.

Shortly after the murder, Macron announced his country would dissolve the Cheikh Yassin Collective, following a video released by its founder that insulted the history teacher.

In a bid to purge radical Islam from France, Muslim associated mosques have been shut down, the likely source of the Turkish President’s wrath as he is one of the main backers of the Muslim community in Europe.

France recalls Turkey envoy after Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental check’

France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

He said Mr Macron needed a mental health check for pledging to defend secular values and fight radical Islam.

Mr Macron has spoken out forcefully on these issues after a French teacher was murdered for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

France “will not give up our cartoons”, he said earlier this week.

Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad can cause serious offence to Muslims because Islamic tradition explicitly forbids images of Muhammad and Allah (God).

But state secularism – or laïcité – is central to France’s national identity. Curbing freedom of expression to protect the feelings of one particular community, the state says, undermines the country’s unity.

Responding to Mr Macron’s campaign to defend such values – which began before the teacher was murdered – Mr Erdogan asked in a speech: “What’s the problem of the individual called Macron with Islam and with the Muslims?”

He added: “Macron needs treatment on a mental level.”

“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?”

In the wake of the remarks, a French presidential official said that France’s ambassador to Turkey was being recalled for consultations, and would be meeting Mr Macron.

“President Erdogan’s comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect,” the official was quoted as saying.

Erodgan is a pious Muslim who has sought to move Islam into Turkey’s mainstream politics since his democratic AK Party came to power in 2002.

President Erdogan said: “Macron needs treatment at a mental level”

The diplomatic spat is latest issue to strain relations between France and Turkey, who are allies under Nato but disagree on a range of geopolitical issues, including the civil wars in Syria and Libya, and the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.

Seven people, including two students, have been charged over the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty on 16 October near Paris. His killer, 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, was shot dead by police shortly after the attack, which took place near Mr Paty’s school.

In 2015, 12 people were killed in an attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The publication was targeted by extremists for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier this month, Mr Macron described Islam as a religion “in crisis,” and announced plans for tougher laws to tackle what he called “Islamist Separatism” in France.

He said a minority of France’s estimated six million Muslims were in danger of forming a “counter-society”.

Some in Western Europe’s largest Muslim community have accused Mr Macron of trying to repress their religion and say his campaign risks legitimising Islamophobia.

Erdogan says Macron ‘needs treatment’ over attitude to Muslims

France is recalling its envoy to Turkey after Erdogan said his French counterpart needed ‘mental checks’.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a fresh attack on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, saying he needed treatment and “mental checks” over his attitude towards Muslims and Islam, leading France to recall its ambassador in Turkey.

Earlier this month, Macron pledged to fight “Islamist separatism”, which he said was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France, drawing a sharp rebuke from Erdogan.

France has since been shaken by the beheading of a history teacher earlier this month. The assailant had wanted to avenge the teacher’s use of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad 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 at a provincial congress of his Justice and Development (AK) Party in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday.

“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 said. “First of all, have mental checks.”

France recalled its envoy to Turkey for consultations after “unacceptable” comments by Erdogan questioning Macron’s mental health.

“President Erdogan’s comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect,” a French presidential official said.

The Elysee official, who asked not to be named, also said France had noted “the absence of messages of condolence and support” from the Turkish president after the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty outside Paris.

The Turkish president said on October 6 after Macron’s initial comments on “Islamist separatism”, that the remarks were “a clear provocation” and showed the French leader’s “impertinence”.

Macron this month also described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide and said the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France.

France and its NATO ally are at loggerheads over a range of issues including maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria and most recently the escalating conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Erdogan and Macron discussed their disagreements in a phone call last month and agreed to improve ties and keep communication channels open.

Erdogan, a pious Muslim, and his conservative AK party have ruled Turkey for 18 years after taking over the nation of 75 million people during a political crisis and economic downturn in 2002.

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron’s mental health

France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude.

Turkish president claims Emmanuel Macron ‘needs mental health treatment’ over his attitude to Islam
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said French President Emmanuel Macron “needs treatment on a mental level”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Emmanuel Macron needs mental health treatment over his attitude towards Muslims – prompting France to recall its ambassador.

France has described Mr Erdogan’s remarks as unacceptably rude, adding: “We are not accepting insults.”

During a party meeting, the Turkish leader had said: “What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level.

“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?”

Mr Erdogan’s remarks appeared to be in response to the French president declaring war on “Islamist separatism”, which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities.

France has been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist radical.

History teacher Samuel Paty had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a class on freedom of expression. His killing is being investigated as an Islamist terror attack.

Using unusually strong language in its response to Mr Erdogan, the French presidency said: “Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand Erdogan changes his policy, which is dangerous in all aspects.”

Officials also pointed out that Turkey’s leader did not offer condolences following the teacher’s beheading.

Mr Erdogan has sought to shift Islam into the mainstream of politics in Turkey, an overwhelmingly Muslim but constitutionally secular country.

Although Turkey and France are both members of NATO, both countries have been at odds over a number of issues – including Syria, Libya, and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

France also has sided with Greece and Cyprus in tensions with Turkey over offshore oil and gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, prompting criticism from Turkey.