Merkel condemns ‘defamatory’ Erdogan criticism of Macron

The German government calls a series of attacks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against France’s President Emmanuel Macron “defamatory” and “unacceptable” and expresses solidarity with Paris.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says she strongly condemns Erdogan’s fiery remarks about Macron, who took a defiant stance after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to pupils in France in a lesson on free speech earlier this month.

“They are defamatory comments that are completely unacceptable, particularly against the backdrop of the horrific murder of the French teacher Samuel Paty by an Islamist fanatic,” spokesman Steffen Seibert says.

— AFP

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