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France recalled its ambassador on Oct. 24 after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his counterpart Emmanuel Macron needed mental help over his attitude towards Muslims.
"Outrage and insult are not a method," Macron's office said.
The French leader earlier this month declared war on "Islamist separatism," which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France.
France has since been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist radical, avenging the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad 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," Erdoğan said in a speech in the Central Anatolian province 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?" Erdoğan asked.
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"France has gathered its European partners, who share France's demand that Turkey puts a stop to its dangerous adventures in the Mediterranean and in the region," the statement from Macron's office said.
Erdoğan has two months to respond or face measures, it added, noting the absence of a condolence message from Turkey's leader after the history teacher's death last week.
The Turkish president had said on Oct. 6 that Macron's comments on Islamist threats were "a clear provocation" and showed "impertinence.”