Merkel condemns 'defamatory' Erdogan criticism of Macron: spokesman

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26th October, 2020 07:38:00 printer

Merkel condemns 'defamatory' Erdogan criticism of Macron: spokesman

The German government on Monday called a series of attacks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against France's President Emmanuel Macron "defamatory" and "unacceptable" and expressed "solidarity" with Paris.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said she strongly condemned Erdogan's fiery remarks about Macron, who took a defiant stance after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed 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 said.


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