Relations between the two countries have drastically deteriorated in recent months over Macron’s comments on Islam and controversial caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. However, the two countries also disagree on a number of issues, such as Nagorno-Karabakh, the war in Syria, and Turkey’s oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed hope that france will soon get rid of president Emmanuel Macron, describing his counterpart as a “burden”.
A ‘Religion in Crisis’ and the Beheading of a French Teacher
At the beginning of October, Macron announced a plan to fight “Islamist separatism”. In an emotional speech, the president said France, which has the largest Muslim minority population in Europe, faces a danger from Islamist separatism. The latter, he said, holds its laws above all others and often creates a “counter-society”.
The government plan came in response to the numerous terrorist attacks that have occurred in France in recent years.
Several days later, Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old school teacher, was beheaded in a Paris suburb by a Muslim immigrant. The perpetrator killed Paty because he had learned that the teacher had showed his students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on freedom of…