Turkey's Erdoğan calls on Muslims never to buy French goods in protest of Macron's anti-Islamic discourses
Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan called on Monday for a worldwide boycott campaign never to buy French goods, as he continued his sharp criticism of French leader Emmanuel Macron over his attitude towards Muslims.
Erdoğan said on Saturday Macron had a problem with Muslims and needed mental checks - a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara. He made similar comments the next day and again on Monday in a speech in Ankara
In an escalation of the row between France and Turkey over Paris tolerating and encouraging Islamophobia, Turkey's president on Monday called for a worldwide boycott of French-made goods.
"I call on Muslims to never buy French products," Erdoğan said at the opening ceremony of a week in the capital Ankara honoring the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, insulting cartoons of which in France fed the row.
Decrying rising Islamophobia in Europe, he said hostility to Islam and Muslims has become state policy in some European countries, a policy which enjoys support at high levels.
Addressing his fellow world leaders, he urged: "If there is persecution in France, let's protect Muslims together."
He went on to say that as the European Parliament speaks up on every issue related to Turkey, it would be wrong for it to stay silent in the face of rampant Islamophobia.
Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron described Islam as a religion "in crisis" and announced plans for tougher laws to tackle what he called "Islamist separatism" in France.
He condemned the murder of a French teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class, but said France would "not give up our cartoons."
Several Arab countries, as well as Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, have condemned Macron's attitude toward Muslims and Islam.