Turkish President Recep Erdogan on Saturday slammed French President, Emmanuel Macron, over his policies toward Muslims, saying that he needed “mental checks.”
“What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have mental checks,” Erdogan said on public television.
Macron and Erdogan are in a feud over Turkey’s illegal role in eastern Mediterranean, Syria, Libya and the escalating conflict in Azerbaijan’s Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey has been supporting its ethnic cousin Azerbaijan militarily.
Macron this month described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide and said his government would present a bill in December to intensify a 1905 law that separated church and state in France.
Turkey is a majority Muslim country with xenophobic attitudes towards its Christian minorities, namely the Armenians. During WWI, the Ottoman Turks carried out one of the largest genocides in history where 1.5 million Armenians were deported and killed in various camps throughout the empire. Turkey denies the Genocide to this day and continues its state-sponsored discrimination towards its minority Armenians that now number somewhere around 60,000.