Well … someone needs a mental check, clearly. France has yanked its ambassador from Ankara after Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that Emmanuel Macron requires a “mental check” for claiming that Islam is in crisis after the beheading of a French teacher in Paris last week. Erdogan also compared the plight of Muslims in Europe to that of the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s, claiming that France plans to “lynch” them.
Just another day in NATO, folks!
Ankara has been particularly incensed by a campaign championed by Macron to protect France’s secular values against radical Islam, a debate given fresh impetus by the murder of a teacher who showed his class a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad.
In an address on Friday, Erdoğan said: “What else can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have a mental check.
“What’s the problem of the individual called Macron with Islam and with the Muslims?” he asked.
“Macron needs mental treatment,” Erdoğan added, while indicating he did not expect the French leader to win a fresh mandate in the 2022 elections. He said: “You are constantly picking on Erdoğan. This will not earn you anything. There will be elections (in France) … We will see your (Macron’s) fate. I don’t think he has a long way to go. Why? He has not achieved anything for France and he should do for himself.”