ISTANBUL: In the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, top Turkish officials condemned a caricature scorning President Tayyip Erdogan, calling it a “disgusting attempt” to “propagate his racial bigotry and hate.”
Turkish outrage at the caricature added heat to a row between Turkey and France over the Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) cartoons, which erupted after this month in France was decapitated by a teacher who had showed pupils the cartoons in a lecture on freedom of speech.
“Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter,” We firmly condemn the publication concerning our President in a French magazine that has little regard for any religion, sacredness and values.
They are just exhibiting vulgarity and immorality on their own. “An assault on personal rights is not an act of humour and equality,” he added.
“Not an act of humour and expression,” he said.
The cartoon on Charlie Hebdo ‘s cover showed Erdogan seated in a white T-shirt and underpants with a woman sporting an Islamic hijab, drinking a canned beer.
“Fahrettin Altun, Turkish presidential communications officer, said:” The anti-Muslim policy of Macron bears fruit! ”.
“Altun wrote on Twitter,” We reject this most shameful attempt by this newspaper to spread its cultural bigotry and hate.
At the weekend, Erdogan harshly criticised Macron, saying that the French leader wanted a mental health check, leading France to recall its Ankara ambassador. Erdogan urged a boycott of French goods on Monday.
The cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), deemed blasphemous by Muslims, were seen in solidarity in France and Macron said he would redouble efforts to discourage radical Islamic ideals from subverting French values, angering many Muslims.