Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Emmanuel Macron had “lost his way”, in his second sharp criticism of the French leader in two days over the treatment of Muslims.
Yesterday, Erdogan said Macron had a problem with Muslims and needed mental checks – a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara.
“The person in charge of France has lost his way. He goes on about Erdogan all day. Look at yourself first and where you are going. He is a case and he really must be checked up,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in the eastern province of Malatya.
France 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.
NATO members Turkey and France have been at loggerheads over issues including Syria and Libya, Turkish provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
It said Erdogan had two months to respond or face measures, noting the absence of a condolence message from Turkey’s leader after the history teacher’s death last week.