'Charlie Hebdo sowing seeds of hatred': Turkey over Erdogan cartoon

Updated: 29 October, 2020 10:23 IST | Agencies | Ankara

The Prophet cartoons upset many in the Muslim world. But it was Erdogan who led the charge against France and questioned Macron's mental state

A newspaper calls for a boycott of French goods. Turkish President Erdogan joined calls for the boycott, ramping up a standoff between France and Muslim nations over Islam and freedom of speech. Pic/AFP
A newspaper calls for a boycott of French goods. Turkish President Erdogan joined calls for the boycott, ramping up a standoff between France and Muslim nations over Islam and freedom of speech. Pic/AFP

Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused it of sowing "the seeds of hatred and animosity."

The cartoon could further heighten tensions between Turkey and France, which erupted over French President Emmanuel Macron's firm stance against Islamism following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad for a free speech class.

The Prophet cartoons upset many in the Muslim world. But it was Erdogan who led the charge against France and questioned Macron's mental state. France then recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations, a first in French-Turkish diplomatic relations.

"We strongly condemn the publication concerning our president of the French magazine, which has no respect to faith, the sacred and values," Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, wrote on Twitter.

Kalin said: "The aim of these publications, that are devoid of morality and decency, is to sow seeds of hatred and animosity." "I condemn this incorrigible French rag's immoral publication concerning our president," Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay wrote on Twitter.

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First Published: 29 October, 2020 09:57 IST

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