- The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published on Wednesday the tense relationship between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron Comics.
- The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in his underwear, drinking beer, and then lifting a woman’s headscarf to reveal the naked back. Most Muslims consider drinking or prohibiting alcohol.
- Erdogan loudly condemned Macron’s recent attacks on Islam, saying that the French president needed “psychological” treatment on Saturday.
- On October 2, Macron announced a law that will supervise and regulate the Islamic communities in France. The law was strengthened after the murder of a teacher on October 1
- Charlie Hebdo’s inflammatory cartoons have caused several terrorist attacks in recent years.
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The French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” published a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday because he and French President Emmanuel Macron ( Emmanuel Macron).
Erdogan said on Saturday that Macron needed a series of “spiritual” treatments after the French president criticized Islam and indicated the need for French supervision.
In response, Paris recalled its ambassador from the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday, and Erdogan joined the call for Islamic countries to boycott French products on Monday.
Charlie Hebdo praised it on Wednesday, and his 2015 cartoon mocked the Prophet Muhammad, which sparked several terrorist attacks.
-Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) October 27, 2020
The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in a T-shirt and underwear, drinking beer, and raising a woman’s headscarf to reveal her naked back.
Most Muslims believe that drinking alcohol is a hamam or prohibited behavior. Erdogan has long condemned drinking.
“Oh! Prophet!” Erdogan said in a speech bubble, which showed that Erdogan was just pretending to be a staunch defender of Islam.
The caption next to the comic is: “Erdogan: In private, he is funny!”
Turkish officials criticized the cartoon on social media.
Vice President Fuat Oktay tweeted: “You can’t hide behind freedom of opinion to deceive anyone! I condemn France’s irrefutable rags against our president as immoral.”
Turkey’s communications director Fahrettin Altun tweeted: “We condemn the publication’s most disgusting efforts to spread its cultural racism and hatred.”
Erdogan spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin tweeted: “We strongly condemn the publication of the French magazine, which does not respect any belief, sacredness and value to our president.”
Macron has not publicly commented on Wednesday’s cartoon.
On October 2, Macron referred to Islam as the “religion in crisis around the world” and announced a new law that would enable his government to monitor the financing of mosques and Islamic communities and how to train the priesthood in France personnel.
This law gained new relevance on October 16, when teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in northern Paris after showing the class a 2015 Charlie Hebdo comic that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.
In Islam, the creation or diffusion of images of gods or prophets is not allowed, and it is considered blasphemous.
The attack triggered by the Charlie Hebdo comics led Macron to criticize his Islamic separatism in France in the past three years and outline his plan to eradicate native extremism.
At the memorial service for Patty last week, Macron defended Charlie Hebdo, saying that the country “will not give up our cartoons.”