Turkey is livid after French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo’s comeback at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a cartoon mocking him over his protest in opposition to France and tirade in opposition to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Turkey has threatened to sue the French journal Charlie Hebdo with the official assertion at this time saying, “We assure our people that necessary legal and diplomatic actions will be taken against this cartoon.”
Earlier, an Erdogan aide referred to as the most recent controversial cartoon by the French publication as “cultural racism”. Erdogan’s media adviser Faherttin Altun wrote on Twitter: “French President Macron’s anti-Muslim agenda is bearing fruit! Charlie Hebdo just published a series of so-called cartoons full of despicable images purportedly of our President. We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred.”
The front-page cartoon on Charlie Hebdo’s Wednesday version was launched on Tuesday evening displaying Erdogan leering at a lady sporting hijab.
The cartoon’s title, written in French, interprets into English as, “Erdogan: in private, he’s very funny”.
Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter: “We strongly condemn the publication concerning our president of the French magazine, which has no respect to faith, the sacred and values.”
“The aim of these publications that are devoid of morality and decency is to sow seeds of hatred and animosity. To turn freedom of expression into hostility towards religion and belief can only be the product of a sick mentality,” Kalin stated.
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay referred to as the Charlie Hebdo as “incorrigible French rag” whereas calling “on the moral and conscientious international community to speak out against this disgrace.”
This comes at a time when relation between Turkey and France has hit low following a row over Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, which took a worse flip after a French trainer was beheaded within the outskirts of Paris for displaying these cartoons to his college students throughout a lecture of freedom of speech.
French President Macron had already introduced bringing out laws to strengthen the secular legal guidelines of the nation. Following the beheading of the trainer, the controversial cartoons have been displayed on a few of the authorities buildings not too long ago evoking a “Boycott France” name within the Middle-East international locations.
Erdogan had reacted angrily saying Macron wanted a “mental health check-up”. France responded by recalling its ambassador to Turkey. Erdogan additionally led the requires a boycott of French merchandise.
This has created ripples within the European Union, a free-market grouping of nations together with Turkey. France and Turkey have been already at variance over army points for fairly a while. Both are members of the Nato army alliance however have sparred over points in Syria and Libiya.
The controversy surrounding Charlie Hebdo cartoons and Macron’s push for brand new secular laws have soured Turkey-France relations additional.
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