Charlie Hebdo, whose cartoons sparked terrorist attacks in France, released a cutting cartoon of Turkish President Erdogan amid his feud with Macron


  • French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid his tensions with French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in his underwear, drinking a beer and lifting a woman’s hijab to expose his bare back. Most Muslims consider the consumption of alcohol haram or prohibited.
  • Erdogan strongly condemned Macron’s recent attacks on Islam, saying on Saturday that the French president “needed mind control.”
  • On October 2, Macron announced a law to monitor and regulate Islamic communities in France. Support for the law grew after the October 16 murder of a teacher who showed his class cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
  • The incendiary Charlie Hebdo cartoons that mocked the Prophet have sparked several terrorist attacks in recent years.
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French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a scorching caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid high tensions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron.

On Saturday, Erdogan said Macron needed “mind control” following a series of comments from the French president where he criticized Islam and said he needed regulation in France.

In response, Paris recalled its Ankara ambassador on Sunday, Erdogan on Monday joining the call to Islamic nations to boycott French products.

Charlie Hebdo, whose 2015 cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad had inspired several terrorist attacks, weighed in on Wednesday.

The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in his t-shirt and underwear, drinking a beer and lifting a woman’s hijab to expose his bare back.

Drinking alcohol is considered haram, or prohibited, by most Muslims, and Erdogan has long condemned it.

“Ouuuh! The Prophet! The speech bubble from Erdogan’s mouth reads, suggesting that Erdogan is only pretending to be a strong supporter of Islam.

The title posted next to the cartoon reads: “Erdogan: In private, he’s very funny!” “

Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron in Istanbul, Turkey, October 27, 2020.
Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images

Turkish officials criticized the cartoon on social media.

“You can’t fool anyone by hiding behind freedom of opinion! I condemn the immoral publication of the inexcusable French rag on our president ”, Fuat Oktay, the vice president, tweeted.

Turkish Communication Director Fahrettin Altun tweeted: “We condemn this most disgusting effort of this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred. ”

Ibrahim Kalin, porte-parole d’Erdogan, tweeted: “We strongly condemn the publication of the French magazine, which has no respect for any faith, sacred and valuable, concerning our President. ”

Macron has not publicly commented on Wednesday’s cartoon.

Charlie Hebdo Memorial
A memorial to Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier and cartoonists Georges Wolinski, Bernard Verlhac and Jean Cabut, on Place de la République in Paris on January 8, 2015, shortly after a terrorist attack on the magazine’s office.
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On October 2, Macron called Islam a “religion in crisis around the world” and announced a new law that would see his government monitor the funding of mosques and Islamic communities, as well as train clerics in France.

The law gained new relevance on October 16, when Samuel Paty, a teacher, was beheaded in northern Paris after showing his class the 2015 cartoon Charlie Hebdo that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

The creation or proliferation of images of God or the Prophet is not permitted in Islam and is considered blasphemous.

The attacks sparked by the Charlie Hebdo cartoons have seen Macron spend the past three years criticizing Islamic separatism in France and laying out his plan to eradicate local extremism.

At a memorial service for Paty last week, Macron defended Charlie Hebdo, saying the country “will not give up our cartoons”.


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