Erdogan Renews Call for Macron to Undergo 'Mental Checks'


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday renewed his call for his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to undergo mental checks, a day after his comments prompted Paris to recall its envoy to Ankara.

The Turkish leader accused Macron of being "obsessed with Erdogan day and night", in a televised speech in the eastern Anatolian city of Malatya. 

"(Macron) is a case and therefore he really needs to have (mental) checks," he said. 

Relations between Macron and Erdogan have become increasingly strained over a number of issues.

They include French support for Greece in its dispute with Turkey over maritime rights in the eastern Mediterranean, and French criticism of Turkey's involvement in Libya, Syria and the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Macron's policies to defend his country against radical Islam have angered Turkey, which is predominantly Muslim if officially a secular country.

The debate over France's policies toward Muslims was given new impetus by the murder this month in France of a teacher who showed his class a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. 

On Sunday, Erdogan also took aim at Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders who shared a defamatory cartoon of the Turkish leader on Twitter. 

"Know your limits," said Erdogan. "Fascism is not in our book, fascism is in your book."

Comments 9
Thumb s.o.s 25 October 2020, 16:21

Hilarious, the Zoltan is a wonderful populist.

Missing fiddlehead 25 October 2020, 17:02

Aoun, Bolsonaro, Duterte, Erdogan, Jong-un, Maduro, Putin, Trump, the world in an insane asylum and the inmates are running it.

Missing fiddlehead 25 October 2020, 17:59

Thanks. I forgot Khamenei.

Thumb tric.bortugal 25 October 2020, 18:59

Forgot Aoun boss Assad

Thumb tric.portugal 25 October 2020, 17:33

Cut the head of any western that show the cartoons of the prophet of Meca... The message of the Islam...

Missing fiddlehead 25 October 2020, 18:07

"If there had been a Muslim to carry out Imam Khomeini’s fatwa against the renegade Salman Rushdie, this gang who insult our Prophet Mohammed in Denmark, Norway and France would not have dared to do so." - Hassan Nasrallah

Thumb tric.portugal 25 October 2020, 20:39

Or the whaabi monarquies...the whaabi monarquies like use acid

Missing tarikbeirut 25 October 2020, 20:45

And Hariri wants the nutcase Macron to run the show in Lebanon. Weak ineffective leaders bringing shame upon the nation

Default-user-icon Al Mufakker (Guest) 26 October 2020, 15:11

Why my comments are not posted?