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Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental checks’

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse
Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental checks’

France's President Emmanuel Macron (R) gestures as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks past him during a family photo as part of the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019. (Photo by CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL / AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slams French President Emmanuel Macron after the latter defended secular values in France

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, October 24, slammed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, over his policies toward Muslims, saying that he needed “mental checks.”

“What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have mental checks,” Erdogan said in a televised address.

Macron’s proposal to defend his country’s secular values against radical Islam has angered the Turkish government, adding to a growing list of disputes between the French leader and Erdogan.

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