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Erdoğan vs. Macron: Round two

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Here we go again. Few spats and a couple of phone calls later, we are back at square one on the Erdoğan-Macron front. Or even worse perhaps this time around, as France recalled its ambassador in Ankara back to Paris for consultations. That followed remarks by Erdoğan in which he questioned the mental sanity of his counterpart. An insult leads one to consult.

Not only that. Erdoğan further claimed that secularism is a lie in Europe and the main problem is Islamophobia. Who are these Muslims that Europe targets then? Easy: Erdoğan, lumping together the police raid to Mevlana Mosque in Berlin and Macron’s anti-Islamist (but not anti-Islam) rhetoric, has the answer: “Because for a Westerner, a Muslim is a Turk and a Turk is a Muslim.”

Ergo, Erdoğan conveniently slips into the boots of the standard bearer of Islam without evading a wink to nationalists. For the naïve bystander, Erdoğan’s harsh reaction is twofold surprising. First, no citizen of Turkey or anyone with origins in Turkey is involved in the brutal killing of Samuel Paty. Not the killer, not the mosque, the association or parents. And two, Turkey is a secular republic too albeit with a heavy majority of its citizens are Muslim.

Actually, in his statement French Foreign Minister Le Drian underlines the lack of any official condemnation and show of solidarity........

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