Oct. 27, 2020, 10:22 a.m. EDT

France-Turkey row reaches new highs after Erdoğan hurls insults at Macron

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By Pierre Briançon

The French government said on Sunday it would recall the country’s ambassador in Ankara, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan insulted French President Emmanuel Macron in a series of speeches, notably suggesting he needed “treatment on a mental level.”

The outlook: Macron’s stance on the freedom to criticize and caricature religions, including Islam, is also creating an uproar in many Muslim countries . The French president may soon need more support on this — and on his confrontation with Turkey — from the rest of his European partners, who have remained mostly silent for now.

Meanwhile, France’s interests in the Middle East may suffer if the protests don’t subside. That is, however, a risk that the French president seems ready to take.

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