Recep Tayyip Erdogan's words shocked French diplomacy -

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It is the diplomatic crisis between Turkey and France, after the words of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this Saturday about Emmanuel Macron: "All that can be said of a head of state who deals with millions of members of different religious communities in this way is: go first to have mental health examinations ”.

As early as Saturday evening, the Elysee Palace had denounced "unacceptable" remarks in a press release: "Outrage and rudeness are not a method.

We demand Erdogan to change the course of his policy because it is dangerous from all points of view.

We do not enter into unnecessary controversies and do not accept insults ”.

In case if the French response was not sufficiently clear the day before, the head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian denounced this Sunday "a desire to stir up hatred" against France and its President Emmanuel Macron of the part of Turkey, stressing that the ambassador will be back in Paris "for consultation".

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, from the plane which took him to Mali, criticized "unacceptable behavior, a fortiori on the part of an allied country".

An extremely rare and serious event

"To the absence of any official mark of condemnation or solidarity from the Turkish authorities after the terrorist attack in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, there has now been added for several days a hateful and slanderous propaganda against France", declared Jean-Yves Le Drian, in a press release.

The minister also denounced "direct insults against the president (Emmanuel Macron), expressed at the highest level of the Turkish state [...] The French ambassador to Turkey Hervé Magro was consequently recalled and returned to Paris on Sunday October 25, 2020 for consultation.

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The recall of an ambassador "for consultation", as the saying goes, is a rare diplomatic act and would be a first, it seems, in the history of Franco-Turkish relations.

The previous recall of a French ambassador dates back to February 2019 when Paris wanted to protest against a meeting between Luigi di Maio, then Italian Deputy Prime Minister, and "yellow vests".

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