The Turkish president has once again questioned the 'mental health' of Emmanuel Macron.
New clash between the French president and his Turkish counterpart. On Sunday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again questioned the "mental health" of Emmanuel Macron. During a televised speech in the town of Malatya, the Turkish president accused the President of the French Republic of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night". "This is a case, and as a result, he really needs to undergo [mental] exams," he added.
The day before, the Turkish leader had called on Emmanuel Macron to “seek treatment” during another televised speech, condemning his attitude towards Muslims. "All that can be said of a head of state who treats millions of members of different religious communities in this way is: go for mental health examinations first," he said. "Macron needs to be treated," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
The Élysée then denounced these words "unacceptable", while Jean-Yves Le Drian noted in a press release a "desire to stir up hatred" on the part of Turkey.
Thursday evening during a tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, beheaded by an Islamist assailant, Emmanuel Macron had promised not to "renounce the caricatures" of the Prophet Muhammad, banned in the Muslim religion. These words caused a stir in several countries of the Middle East who called for a boycott of French products.
Tensions in the Mediterranean with Greece to the conflict in Libya, through the clashes in Nagorno Karabakh, where Ankara supports Azerbaijan against Armenia, many issues currently oppose Paris and Ankara.