Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday waded into the French political scene on Saturday with a vehement attack on his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
“All that can be said of a head of state who treats millions of members of different religious communities in this way is: go for mental health exams first,” Erdogan said on TV.
The French leader is seeking ways to limit Islamist influence, following the killing of history teacher Samuel Paty on October 16. Legislation is to be introduced to try to fight against what the French leader has termed “separatism” in France.
The Elysee Palace responded to Erdogan by saying his remarks were “unacceptable.” The French ambassador to Ankara has been recalled as a sign of displeasure.
France has been a strong supporter of Greece in an ongoing confrontation with Turkey over oil-drilling rights in the Mediterranean, further angering Erdogan.
PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Reuters