The Turkish presidency has found a new pretext to fuel its quarrel with France. A few days after calling for a boycott of tricolor products, Ankara is attacking Charlie Hebdo for a caricature of Recep Tayyip Erdogan on one of the satirical weekly.
The cartoon, which aired online Tuesday evening, shows the Turkish president, in a T-shirt and underwear, drinking a beer and lifting the skirt of a woman wearing the veil, revealing her bare buttocks. With a caption: “In the private sector, he is very funny”.
“The necessary judicial and diplomatic actions will be taken against the said cartoon,” the Turkish presidency’s communications directorate said in a statement in French.
“We condemn this utterly despicable effort on the part of this publication to spread its cultural racism and its hatred,” the main press adviser to the Turkish president, Fahrettin Altun, said earlier in English on Twitter. According to him, this caricature is the result of the “anti-Muslim program of French President Macron”.
A very lively controversy has been opposing for weeks President Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish counterpart, the latter having gone so far as to question the “mental health” of the French president about his positions on radical Islamism and freedom. expression.
Charlie Hebdo had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2006 – like other European newspapers – in defense of press freedom after their publication by a Danish daily angered many Muslims. The weekly was the victim in 2015 of a jihadist attack which killed 12 people, including journalists and cartoonists from the newspaper. At the opening of the trial, another attack targeted the former premises of the newspaper, leaving two injured at the end of September. And ten days ago, college professor Samuel Paty was assassinated for showing these cartoons during a free speech class.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr