President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday that his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment” because of his hostility towards Islam.
“What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdoğan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) congress in central Kayseri province.
“What can be said to a head of state that treats millions of members of a religious minority in his country this way? First of all, (he needs) mental check,” Erdoğan added.
France recently launched an extensive witch hunt against the Muslim community following Macron calling Islam a problematic religion that needs to be contained. Many non-governmental organizations and mosques have been shut down in the last two weeks, while assaults against Muslims have peaked.
Erdoğan also accused German police of “fascism” over the recent police raid on a Berlin mosque.
“European fascism reaches a new level with such attacks on their own citizens,” he said.
German police on Wednesday stormed the Mevlana Mosque and several other establishments in Berlin as part of an investigation into a coronavirus subsidy fraud, Turkey’s German-language public broadcaster TRT Deutsch reported Thursday. Turkish officials strongly condemned the event, calling it an “ugly act,” disregarding the sanctity of a place of worship.