Erdogan denounces Macron’s plan against “Islamist separatism” | France


Another clash begins between the Turkish and French presidents.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday criticized the proposal of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to defend his country’s secular values ​​against “radical Islam” as “open provocation”.This is the third day in a row of Turkish anger at Macron’s plan to “free Islam in France from foreign influences,” adding to a growing list of disputes between presidents.

Macron last week described Islam as a religion “in crisis” around the world and said the government would introduce a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that formally separated church and state in France.

He announced tighter control over schooling and better control of foreign funding for mosques.

“Macron’s statement that ‘Islam is in crisis’ is an open provocation beyond disrespect,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

“Who are you to talk about the structuring of Islam?” he asked, accusing her of “impertinence”.

French and Turkish leaders are already at odds over maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean, Libya and the latest conflict in the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Erdogan advised Macron “to be more careful while talking about issues he ignores”.

“We expect him to act as a responsible statesman rather than a colonial governor.

Turkey is a predominantly Muslim and secular country that is part of NATO, but not the European Union, where its membership application has been stalled for decades due to a series of disputes.


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