Kyriakos Mitsotakis: Turkey’s Insults Towards French President Are Unacceptable
Turkish leader’s insults towards French President Emmanuel Macron are unacceptable, said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The Prime Minister made a statement to this effect on 24 October in his Twitter account.
Mitsotakis noted that the personal insults of French President Macron, as well any hate speech against France, contribute to religious hatred and undermine peaceful coexistence. The Greek Prime Minister expressed his support for the French President and solidarity with the French people, who are still in mourning for the crime committed by an Islamist on the outskirts of Paris.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, said on 24 October that French President Macron « needs treatment for mental disorders ». This was Erdogan’s reaction to the French President’s statement in connection with the murder of an 18-year-old Islamist schoolteacher in the Parisian suburb of Conflant-Honorin. The crime was motivated by religious hatred. Macron warned that the French authorities would start to actively fight against radical ideologists in connection with the incident.
On 25 October, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Turkey’s statements against France unacceptable and false. According to Le Drian, direct insults by the Turkish authorities towards the French President are evidence of the desire to incite hatred against France and within it.