France recalling ambassador to Turkey over Erdogan's remarks about President Macron
Iran Press TV
Saturday, 24 October 2020 6:53 PM
France says it is summoning its ambassador to Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron should undergo medical treatment over his Islamophobic comments.
The Turkish leader on Saturday had said that Macron "needs treatment on a mental level," in response to what the French president had said earlier this month about his fighting against "Islamist separatism," which according to him threatens to take control in some Muslim communities around France.
"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," AFP quoted an unnamed French presidential official as saying later on Saturday.
The official further said that the French ambassador to Turkey was being recalled for deliberations and would meet Macron to address the situation.
Macron's controversial remarks, which sparked sharp criticism from Muslim leaders and activists from around the world, came after an 18-year-old assailant, identified as Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, decapitated history French teacher Samuel Paty outside his school in a Paris suburb.
Paty had raised controversy and provoked anger over showing defamatory cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad to his students.
The assailant was shot dead by police soon after the killing.
Paris has now passed a draft law to the senate, seeking to prohibit the justification of a crime due to ethnic or religious motives on constitutional grounds.
Erdogan said that "the main goal of such initiatives led by Macron is to settle old scores with Islam and Muslims."
The draft law came a week after the French teacher was beheaded.
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