Turkish Foreign Ministry on Oct. 28 summoned the French charge d'affaires to lodge a protest over a Charlie Hebdo cartoon mocking President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that there is yet no need to recall Turkey's ambassador from France over a caricature scorning President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Çavuşoğlu said that Ankara is in contact with the Turkish ambassador for consultations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Western countries mocking Islam wanted to "relaunch the Crusades." "They literally want to relaunch the Crusades. Since the Crusades, the seeds of evil and hatred have started falling on these [Muslim] lands and that's when peace was disrupted," he said.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on NATO allies to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on values of tolerance and free speech, in a veiled rebuke to Turkey. "NATO allies and the wider international community must stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the fundamental values of tolerance and free speech, and we should never give terrorists the gift of dividing us," Raab said.
Soner Çağaptay and Raffaella A. Del Sarto write: The EU often praises itself as a promoter of democracy and regional stability by highlighting the power of its enlargement process to include new members in the “neighbourhood.” Yet in the case of Turkey, its ill-conceived policies may well have contributed to the opposite. A clumsy EU has repeatedly gotten its policy toward Turkey wrong, often inadvertently helping Erdoğan at key points during his rise while creating preventable tensions with Ankara.
Portraying what should be a very simple choice concerning a struggle against genuine evil and crime as a clash of civilizations could help Erdoğan consolidate power in Turkey and possibly shift attention from the real problems of a troubled economy and declining quality of life. However, sooner or later, this misrepresentation of a shocking event could cost Turkish state and society dearly in the long run.
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has said that the party condemns extremists' abuse of Islam to justify their violent actions, but also slams France's treatment of Islam in a row about cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
France warned its citizens living or travelling in several Muslim-majority countries, including Turkey, to take extra security precautions on Oct. 27 as anger surged over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been one of the most vociferous critics of the French government, leading calls for a boycott of French goods.
Turkey should not meddle in France's domestic affairs, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Oct. 27, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for a boycott of French goods. "It should shock each one of us that foreign powers are meddling with what is going on in France," Darmanin told France Inter radio, adding he was referring to Turkey and Pakistan.
It might already be too late to expect that a heartfelt conversation that would open the door to more constructive relationships, particularly after Macron’s announcement that NATO is brain dead. If Trump wins a second term, this will only accelerate the process. And NATO allies like Turkey will not see much reason to curb their ambitions.
France and Germany accused Turkey on Oct. 15 of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and gave it a week to clarify its positions. "It's clear to us that Turkey is permanently carrying out provocative acts which are unacceptable," France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a news conference alongside his German and Polish counterparts.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over his comments from last week pledging to fight “Islamist separatism,” accusing the French leader of “impertinence” and "provocation." "Speaking about Islam's structuring as the leader of France is overstepping and impertinence," said Erdoğan. "Who are you to utter a phrase like Islam's structuring?"Erdoğan asked.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Oct. 1 that he had evidence that Syrian fighter had travelled through Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep on their way to the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces this week marked the biggest escalation in years of the decades-old conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sept. 30 Turkey's "warlike" rhetoric was encouraging Azerbaijan to reconquer Nagorno-Karabakh and that was unacceptable. "France remains extremely concerned by the warlike messages Turkey had in the last hours, which essentially remove any of Azerbaijan's inhibitions in reconquering Nagorno-Karabakh. And that we won't accept," Macron said.
Turkey is trying to procure European-made air defense systems and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam SAMP/T air missile systems, Elysee sources told Bloomberg. Macron reportedly told Erdoğan that Turkey must clarify its objectives in northern Syria before the request could be considered.