How France's crackdown on 'separatism' has played into hands of Turkey's Erdogan


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In recent months Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become a regular and outspoken critic of what he calls French “Islamophobia”. An example was Erdogan's reaction after his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, gave a speech at Les Mureaux, north-west of Paris, on October 2nd 2020. The French president announced a raft of measures aimed at clamping down on Islamist radicalism and the influence of foreign powers in France's Muslim communities; in response Turkey's leader suggested that Macron needed “mental treatment”. He has also accused the French head of state of behaving like a “colonial prefect” and of wanting to “settle old scores with Islam and Muslims”.