Photos of Erdogan’s wife with $50’000 Hermes bag surfaces amid calls for French goods boycott.
In the thick of the French-product boycott being announced by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, pictures have been circulating on social media of his wife Emine Erdoğan carrying a Hermes bag worth $50,000.
However, Turkish media -and, in particular, the Hürriyet – a major Turkish newspaper – had come in defense of the First Lady by saying that the supposed French-manufactured handbag she had been carrying was actually a knock-off version of the original.
In response to the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Hande Fırat – a propagandist of the Hürriyet – has said that the Turkish First lady would never actually choose to pay a large sum of money for her handbags and would instead buy imitations of them, rather than purchasing the original and authentic products.
Erdogan should tell his wife to throw away her 45.000€ Hermes bag before calling for a boycott of French products. pic.twitter.com/erkae07L90
— Helen 🇬🇷 (@HelenaDaZeus) October 26, 2020
This does, however, seem difficult to believe when the Turkish President and First Lady are known to live in a house that is inlaid with gold glass and has over a thousand rooms made with imported marble. With the entire structure being valued at approximately $615 million, it is unlikely that the First Lady would be carrying anything but the original $50,000 Hermes handbag.
As of 2019, in the World Press Freedom Index, Turkey is remains ranked at 157 out of 180 countries. Close to 90% of what is published by Turkish media is controlled by the country’s government.
Reasoning Behind the Boycott
Early on in the month, the Turkish President had called for the boycott following the refusal of Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, to condemn the act of caricatures being shown to students of the Prophet Muhammad – something which is regarded by Muslims as being taboo and even seen as being blasphemous.
The French President Emmanuel Macron had instead been quoted saying Islam was a religion “in crisis” following the murder of the high-school teacher, Samuel Paty, who had shown the cartoons to his students.
Macron had said that country would not stop showing the caricatures as the identity of France is tied with secularism.
— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) October 26, 2020