Tensions between France and Turkey are far from dissipating. The satirical weekly ‘Charlie Hebdo’ has thrown a bit more fuel on the fire with its latest cover: a cartoon of the Turkish president drinking a beer and lifting the skirt of a veiled woman. The Turkish authorities have not been slow to react, condemning “this totally negligible efforte by this publication to spread its racism and his cultural hatred“.
Erdogan has called the publication a “vile attack” against him. “I have not looked at that cartoon (…) It is useless to say anything about these scoundrels,” he declared during a speech in Ankara. “We know that the goal is not me, but our values,” he added.
For the chief advisor of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fahrettin Altun, the cover of the weekly is part of the “Anti-Muslim program led by Emmanuel Macron”. The project against “Islamist separatism” and the defense of the publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad they would be the backbones of such an offensive.
In a statement, the Turkish presidency has announced that it will take the “necessary judicial and diplomatic” measures against the French magazine. And the prosecution of the Anatolian country has opened an investigation against ‘Charlie Hebdo’ for understanding that he has been able to violate the Turkish Penal Code.
This same Sunday, Macron temporarily withdrew his ambassador in Ankara, after receiving a critical comment from his Turkish counterpart: “What problem does Macron have with the islamWhat problem do you have with Muslims? Macron needs a mental care therapy “Erdogan snapped, criticizing the French president’s promotion of the Muhammad cartoons.
Call for a boycott
Since then, Turkey has led the wave of criticism against Macron’s speech, especially against his words encouraging the publication of the controversial cartoons during the tribute dedicated to the latest victim of Islamist terrorism in France, Professor Samuel Paty, beheaded for using such illustrations. in a class on freedom of expression. “We will defend the freedom that you taught so well and we will uphold secularism, we will not give up cartoons “, promised the French president.
An allegation that already translates into an offensive by several Muslim countries, led mainly by Turkey, through a call for a boycott of French products. The streets of Iran, Pakistan, Jordan and Kuwait have seen multiple protests against the French position.
Despite the criticism, Macron does not plan to give his arm to twist: “Nothing will make us back down, never […] We will continue. We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We never accept the hate speech and we defend reasonable debate, “he wrote on his Twitter account. A position shared by ‘Charlie Hebdo’, as evidenced by its provocative cover.