The Turkish leader called on citizens to boycott French products after the French president Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron Two students received a salary to identify the murdered French teacher defended a teacher killed by an 18-year-old radical Islamist, promising to crack down on radical elements in France.
“Never give credit to French labeled goods, do not buy them,”
“European leaders must say ‘stop’ to Macron and his hate campaign,” he added.
His remarks come amid a deepening dispute between Turkey and France over the treatment of Muslims in France. French authorities say they are taking the necessary steps to crack down on radical Islamist groups following the assassination of a teacher outside Paris after his decision to show cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad during a lecture on freedom of speech.
According to reports Monday, Erdogan said Muslims in France and Europe were “subjected to a lynching campaign similar to the one against Jews in Europe before World War II”.
CNN reported that similar boycott campaigns, which the French government condemned as “unjustified” in a Sunday statement, were under way in Kuwait and Jordan.
Macron wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday that France would continue to uphold the values of freedom and freedom of expression.
“We will never back down,” he wrote. “We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We do not accept hate speech and we defend sensible debate.”
We will never back down.
We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We do not accept hate speech and we defend a sensible debate. We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values.
– @EmmanuelMacron October 25, 2020