Ankara: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Turks to never buy French goods and urged EU leaders to stop French leader Emmanuel Macron’s “anti-Islamic” agenda.
Erdogan said on Saturday that Macron had a problem with the Muslims and his mental health needed to be checked-a rebuke that led to France recalling its ambassador from Ankara. He made a similar comment on Monday the next day.
“Just like they say Don t buy good with Turkish brands in France, I am calling to all my citizens from here to never help French brands or buy them,” Erdogan said.
According to statistics from the Turkish Statistics Agency, France is Turkey’s tenth largest source of imports and Turkey’s seventh largest export market. Among the main imported products in France, French cars are one of the highest-selling cars in Turkey.
Macron has pledged to fight “Islamist separatism”, saying it was threatening to take over some Muslim communities in France. The country has since been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist militant, avenging the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression.
European leaders must put an end to Macron s “anti-Islam” agenda, Erdogan said in a speech at the start of a week of activities in Turkey to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad.
Turkey and France are both members of the NATO military alliance, but there have been differences over issues including Syria and Libya, maritime jurisdiction in the eastern Mediterranean, and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.