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October 28, 2020 "I heard that the magazine, which published the ugly and immoral cartoons" against the prophet Mohammed in France "is now targeting me", "I have not looked at the comic", not to give importance to "such immoral publications ".

The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashes out against the publication on the cover of Charlie Hebdo of a cartoon showing him intent on lifting the skirt of a woman wearing an Islamic dress.

Speaking to the parliamentary group of his AKP, he reiterates that "opposing the attacks against our prophet" Mohammed "is a matter of honor": "There is nothing to say about these scoundrels. My anger is not due to the attack ignoble against my person, but to insults against the prophet ".

Then he takes it out on France, speaks of a "return to barbarism" in Europe: "I am convinced that they will drown in the hatred of Islam and of Turkey that they have fed. It is the demonstration that Europe is returning to barbarism. that hatred of Islam, Muslims and the prophet is spreading like a cancer among European politicians ", he says, returning to reject the juxtapositions between Islam and violence because:" A Muslim cannot be a terrorist, a terrorist cannot to be Muslim ".

He's mad at Macron and Angela Merkel.

"France and Europe do not deserve politicians like Macron and those who share his mentality, who do nothing but sow hatred" and "would like to revive the Crusades" against Islam, he says, adding that "Chancellor Merkel has no was able to explain to me why 100-150 policemen entered the Mevlana mosque in Berlin at dawn prayer ", while" our country has 435 churches and synagogues, which are under the protection of the state ".

"We have never hindered the worship of anyone, nor will we", he assures, while in Germany "the faith and identity of millions of Turks have been compromised".

Meanwhile, the Ankara public prosecutor's office has opened a judicial procedure putting the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo under investigation for the caricature of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the cover of its new edition, released today.

The presidency has made it known that it intends to take "the necessary judicial and diplomatic action".

Yesterday, Erdogan's lawyer had already filed a complaint with the same prosecutor of the Turkish capital against the leader of the Dutch far-right Geert Wilders for another caricature of him, spread on Twitter. 

The Charlie Hebdo

cartoon The cartoon published today by the French satirical magazine

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sparked the anger of the Turkish president.

Erdogan is depicted, in boxers and with a can in his hand, in the act of lifting the skirt of a veiled woman.

The controversy between the Turkish leader and Charlie Hebdo has been going on for some time.

Erdogan accused the French newspaper of having republished the cartoons on Muhammad and for days he has been the protagonist of a very hard battle with Emmanuel Macron on freedom of expression and the role of Islam in Europe.

A clash that intensified in particular after the beheading of the French teacher Samuel Paty, who was killed for showing the caricatures of Mohammed spread by the magazine.

The Turkish president went so far as to speculate that Macron could have mental health problems, sparking a wave of indignation across Europe, as well as the recall of the French ambassador to Ankara. 

The new cover adds fuel to the fire.

Erdogan's spokesman condemned her with a post on Twitter: "We condemn with the greatest firmness the latest edition of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has no respect for any creed, any sacredness and any value. publications without morality and decency is to sow hatred and hostility ".

Then the harsh attack by Erdogan himself who lashed out against Macron, defining hatred for Muslims as a cancer that is spreading among European leaders.