France recalled its ambassador from Turkey on Saturday after the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s questioned the mental health of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
The French presidency reacted hours later with a statement that said, “Excess and rudeness are not a method” and “We are not accepting insults.”
“President Erdogan’s comments are unacceptable. Outrage and insult are not a method,” Macron’s office said in the statement. “We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect .”
Yesterday Erdogan denounced Macron over his policies toward France's large Muslim minority, saying that he needed "mental checks."
“What's the problem of the inpidual called Macron with Islam and with the Muslims?" Erdogan asked. "Macron needs mental treatment."
“What else can be said to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and who behaves in this way to millions of people living in his country who are members of a different faith?” the Turkish leader continued.
Macron has spoken out forcefully on these issues after a French teacher was murdered for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.
"France will not give up our cartoons", he said earlier this week.