Erdoğan from Turkey, Macron from France

Erdoğan accuses Macron of provocation for his words on Islam

In a speech criticised by many Muslim leaders, the French president stated that “Islam is in crisis all over the world.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of making a dangerous “provocation” over statements made by the French president in which he claimed that Islam is in crisis.

“Macron’s statements on ‘Islam in crisis’, in a city where Muslims are the majority, go beyond disrespect and are a clear provocation,” Erdoğan said during a speech in the Turkish capital, Ankara, accusing Macron of being “rude” for suggesting that changes should be made to Islam.

The Turkish president was referring to some words pronounced last Friday – the holy day of the week for Muslims – by Macron during a speech in the Parisian suburb of Les Mureaux, an area where a large part of its population is Muslim.

There, Macron affirmed that Islam “is suffering a crisis all over the world” while announcing a controversial plan against what he called “separatist Islamism” in France, accusing certain Islamic religious practices of being “separatist” for being contrary to the norms and values ​​of France.

“Attacking Muslims has become one of the main tools for European politicians to hide their own failures,” Erdoğan said, joining other voices of Muslim leaders around the world who have criticised Macron’s words. The Turkish president urged the French leader to act as a responsible statesman rather than a “colonial governor,” and accused many governments in the West of promoting racism and Islamophobia.