Charlie Hebdo Erdogan cartoons erupt in Turkey amid Macron conflict

  • Amid tensions with French President Emmanuel Macron, French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published the strategy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • The cartoon shows Erdogan sitting in his underwear, drinking beer, and exposing the back of a woman by removing her hijab. Most Muslims consider drinking haraam, or forbidden.
  • Erdogan has called for a “mental” treatment for the French president, citing a recent attack on Islam by the Muslim Crown.
  • On October 2, Macron announced a law that would monitor and regulate Islamic communities in France. Support for the law was strengthened after the October 16 assassination of a teacher who showed his class cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Charlie Hebdo’s inflammatory cartoons have given rise to many terrorist attacks in recent years.
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French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a series of caricatures of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid tensions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron.

On Saturday, Erdogan said Crow needed “mental” treatment following a series of comments in which the French president criticized Islam and said he needed regulation in France.

In response, Paris recalled its ambassador from the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, as well as Erdogan on Monday calling on Islamic nations to boycott French products.

Charlie Hebdo, whose 2015 cartoons mocked Prophet Muhammad, weighed in on Wednesday.

The cartoon shows Erdogan sitting in a T-shirt and underwear, drinking beer, and exposing a woman’s hijab.

Drinking alcohol is considered haraam or forbidden by most Muslims, and Erdogan has long condemned it.

“Oooh! The Prophet!” The bubble of speech from Erdogan’s mouth said, suggesting that Erdogan was only tending to be a staunch defender of Islam.

The headline published alongside the cartoon said: “Erdogan: In private, it’s so funny!”

ISTANBUL, Turkey - CT October 27: (Russia Ot) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and French President Emanuel Macron (R) will attend their joint press conference at the Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on October 27, 2018.  Leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Turkey have gathered in Istanbul for a one-day summit on the Syrian crisis.  (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images)

Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron in Istanbul in 2018.

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Turkish officials have condemned the cartoon on social media.

“You cannot deceive anyone by concealing freedom of opinion! I condemn the unethical publication of an incredible French raga about our President,” Tweeted.

Turkey’s Director of Communications, Fahretin Alton, Tweeted: “We condemn this most heinous attempt to spread its cultural racism and hatred through this publication.”

Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan’s spokesman, Tweeted: “We strongly condemn the publication of a French magazine, which has no faith, sanctity and respect for our President.”

Macron did not publicly comment on Wednesday’s strategy.

Charlie Hebdo Memorial

A memorial to Charlie Hebdo’s editor Stefan Charbonnier and cartoonists George Wolinski, Bernard Verlhack and Jean Cabut on January 8, 2015 at the Place de la Republic in Paris, following the attack on the magazine’s office fees.

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On October 2, Macron declared Islam a “religion of crisis around the world” and announced a new law in which his government would monitor how mosques and Islamic communities are funded and how clerics are trained in France.

The law gained new relevance on October 16, when Samuel Patty, a teacher, was beheaded in northern Paris after showing his class the 2015 Charlie Hebdo cartoon, which mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

Making or spreading images of God or the Prophet is not allowed in Islam and is considered blasphemous.

Maron Krone has spent the last three years describing the attack by Charlie Hebdo cartoons as Islamic separatism in France and outlining his plan to eradicate homeland extremism.

At Patty’s memorial service last week, Macron defended Charlie Hebdo, saying the country “would not leave our cartoons.”