Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on a strike to refuse French commodities intended a wave over France’s harder posture on radical Islam.
In an on-screen speech, he asked world leaders to protect the Muslim community “if there is tyranny against Muslims in France”.
Mr. Erdogan has furiously criticized the French President Emmanuel Macron for vowing to defend secularism counter to radical Islam.
The wave comes after a professor was murdered for showing Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
Samuel Paty was killed on October 16, by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov outside Paris, after he showed the pictures to his students during a class on the subject of freedom of speech.
Mr. Macron has praised Mr. Paty, and said France “will not give up our caricatures”. The execution of the teacher excavates divisions in France. The French Muslims are worried that the state aims to regulate their faith
Don’t stereotype Muslims says Macron, depictions of the Prophet are extensively regarded as distasteful in Islam and are invasive to many Muslims.
But state laïcité or secularism is vital to France’s national identity. Limiting freedom of speech to defend the emotions of one particular community demoralizes unity, the government says.
What is the dispute?
Mr. Erdogan called for the boycott in a telecasted speech on Monday.
“Never give recognition to French-labelled goods, don’t purchase them,” he stated, in the capital Ankara.
He said Muslims are now “endangered to a lynch movement parallel to that counter to Jews in Europe before World War II” he continued “European politicians should urge the French president to break his hate operation”.
During the weekend, Mr. Erdogan said that the French President needs a physiatrist Mr. Macron for speaking out so compellingly on Islam, Erdogan’s response caused France to recall its diplomat to Turkey for discussions.
The aggressive response came after Mr. Macron vowed to guard secularism and block radical Islam in the aftermath of the assassination of Mr. Paty.
Two weeks earlier, Mr. Macron described Islam as a faith “in crisis” and proclaimed new regulations to tackle what he named “Islamist extremism”.
France has Western Europe’s largest Muslim residents, and some blame the establishment of using secularism to mark them.
What’s the aftermath?
Many European politicians have expressed support for France. Germany stated “unity” with Mr. Macron after the Turk president’s remarks, with government representative Steffen Seibert calling the comments “offensive” and “intolerable”.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that his country “stands resolutely with France and for the shared ideals of the European Union”, while Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also articulated his “full support” with Mr. Macron.
“Individual abuses do not assist the positive schema that the EU wants to track with Turkey,” he inscribed in a tweet.
Whereas, Turkey does not stand alone to criticize Mr. Macron’s comments. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the French president has “attacked Islam” in a tweet on weekend, while French commodities have been detached from some shops in Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar. A number of protests have been held in many countries including Bangladesh, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.
The wider picture is not that pleasing either, both turkey and France are NATO members but support opposite parties in the Azerbaijan-Armenia war, and in the Libyan Civil War, the rising tensions between both states can lead to much greater conflicts.