In a new Charlie Hebdo cartoon, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is shown lifting a woman's jilbab.

Turkey condemned this cartoon and claims to want to bring "a judicial response" to this affair, adding a step to the escalation of tensions with France since the assassination of Samuel Paty.

"We will not give up caricatures, drawings," Emmanuel Macron solemnly declared during the national tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, who died murdered by a terrorist.

The satirical newspaper

Charlie Hebdo

took the President of the Republic at his word.

While tensions are growing between France and Turkey around this same freedom to caricature, Charlie Hebdo has published, in the front page of its last weekly edition, a caricature by Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish president is pictured in his underwear, lifting the jilbab of a woman laughing at the joke, with the caption: "Erdogan: in the private sector, he is very funny". 


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What arouse the wrath of Turkey, which has repeatedly spoken out against cartoons attacking Muslims - and in particular the Prophet Muhammad.

Following the

Charlie Hebdo front-page


, Turkish President Fahrettin Altun's senior press adviser said on Twitter: "We condemn this utterly despicable effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and his hatred ".

For him, this publication is the result of the "anti-Muslim program of French President Macron".

Turkey has even said it wants to bring "a judicial response" to this case.

"The necessary legal and diplomatic actions will be taken against the said cartoon," the Turkish presidency's communications directorate said in a statement in French on Wednesday, amid growing tensions between Ankara and Paris.

Sedar Çam, Turkish Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, for his part posted on Twitter: "Charlie Hebdo: You are bastards .. You are sons of bitch .."

Erdogan: in the private sector, he is very funny!


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Verbal escalation

Following the assassination of Samuel Paty, France and Turkey were caught in a spiral of verbal violence.

Erdogan called on the French president to undergo a psychiatric examination, before comparing the treatment of Muslims in Europe to that of Jews before World War II.

France then recalled its ambassador to Turkey, a rare diplomatic gesture of mistrust. 

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This episode illustrates a brutal cooling of relations between the French and Turkish presidents, which were already not looking good.

In November 2019, the Turkish president had already questioned the mental health of Emmanuel Macron, the latter having spoken of NATO's "brain death".

Erdogan had invited him to "examine his own brain death".