Charlie Hebdo's Erdogan Caricature Fans Turkey-France Feud

Daniel Fowler
October 28, 2020

The Ankara prosecutor's office said it was launching an investigation into the publication. Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey punishable by up to four years in prison.

The character in the caricature is also shown lifting the dress of a woman wearing an Islamic hijab, suggested as having given him the drink, exposing her naked rear.

Showing Erdogan in a T-shirt and underpants, the caricature has Erdogan saying "Ooh, the Prophet" and comes with the caption: "Erdogan - in private he's very funny".

Macron's defence of Charlie Hebdo, and his recent comment that Islam worldwide is "in crisis", have prompted Erdogan to urge Turks to boycott French products amid a wave of anti-France protests in Muslim-majority countries.

He is one of several leaders in the Muslim world angry with France over its response to the murder of teacher Samuel Paty, who showed pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad as part of a lesson on free speech.

At a summit earlier this month, European Union member states agreed to review Turkey's behaviour in December and threatened to impose sanctions if Erdogan's "provocations" do not stop, a council statement said.

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The Prophet Mohammed cartoons, considered blasphemous by Muslims, have been displayed in France in solidarity and Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs from subverting French values, angering many Muslims. He also continued his attacks against Macron, adding that he was kicked out by the Lebanese people after his initiative to reform the political system failed in that country following a disastrous blast at the port of Beirut in August.

_Charlie Hebdo _was the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in 2015 after it reprinted the controversial images of the prophet, which are strictly forbidden in Islam.

"You are bastards. You are sons of bitches", tweeted Turkey's Deputy Culture Minister Serdar Cam in French on Wednesday.

France withdrew its ambassador to Turkey for "consultations" as French diplomats summoned the Turkish envoy for a dressing down over the remarks.

"France is united and Europe is united".

Turkey's Communications Directorate said that all necessary steps will be taken against the publication of the caricature in France.

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