France has strongly condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments on French President Emmanuel Macron.
France is also inviting its Turkish ambassador home to discuss the situation with President Macron.
- President Erdogan's comments cannot be accepted.
Unreasonableness and rudeness are not the way to go.
We demand that Erdogan change the direction of his policy because it is dangerous in every way, an unnamed French official told the news agency AFP.
Erdogan said Macron needed treatment
In a speech on Saturday, Erdogan said, among other things, that President Macron should "visit to check his mental health."
- What is Macron's problem with Islam and Muslims?
She needs treatment for her mental health, Erdogan said.
He also added that he does not believe Macron will win the 2022 presidential election and said Macron is constantly "in his bunch".
Erdogan was referring here to Macron’s recent comments on Islam.
France tightening controls on mosques
Macron has recently translated into Islam and wanted to prevent the spread of a radical interpretation of Islam in the country.
He has said the French government will introduce a law in December to strengthen the separation of religion and state.
He has also wanted to take closer control of foreign funding for mosques and to train imams in France only in the future.
The debate over Islam in France has intensified since a French teacher was beheaded earlier this month after showing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
Several other extremist Islamist terrorist attacks have also taken place in France in recent years.
Record-breaking tensions between France and Turkey
Relations between France and Turkey, on the other hand, have already been strained, due to disagreements in Libya, the Mediterranean and the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.
A government spokesman who spoke to the anonymous news agency AFP said France was also grumbling to Turkey that the country had not shown enough compassion since the teacher was killed.
Although Erdogan’s comments were harsh, it is not uncommon for the Turkish president to use controversial rhetoric.
In recent years, he has repeatedly attacked leaders of various Western countries and accused Western countries of taking action against Turkey.