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“Turkey’s recent comments on France are totally unacceptable. We must return to respectful diplomatic exchanges, ”he tweeted, adding that Canada“ will always stand together to defend freedom of expression with respect ”.
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Champagne’s statement comes amid a recent row between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Over the weekend, Erdoğan said Macron needed “some sort of mental treatment” after pledging to suppress radical Islamism following the beheading of Samuel Paty, a French teacher who used a caricature of the prophet Muhammad in a course on freedom. expression.
“What’s wrong with this person called Macron with Islam and Muslims?” Erdogan asked rhetorically during a speech at a local party congress in the town of Kayseri.
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“What else can we say to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and behaves in this way to millions of people living in his country and belonging to a different religion?”
Earlier in October, Macron pledged to fight “Islamic separatism” in the country, later expressing support for the right to caricature the Prophet Mohammed after Paty’s beheading.
Macron’s comments were not well received around the world.
French products have been the subject of boycotts across the Middle East, while protests have broken out across Iraq, Turkey and the Gaza Strip.
Pakistan’s parliament has since passed a resolution condemning the publication of any caricature of the prophet, shortly after summoning the French ambassador to the country to condemn incitement to Islamophobia.
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Macron has since doubled down on his defense of freedom of expression and French secularism, writing in tweets published Sunday in English and Arabic that “we will never give in.”
“We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We do not accept hate speech and stand for reasonable debate. We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values. ”
– With files from The Associated Press
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