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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Charlie Hebdo Makes Satirical Cartoon of Erdogan after Boycott Remarks

French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo featured a caricature of Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan lifting a dress of a woman to reveal her backside in response to the leader’s call to boycott French products.

French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo featured a caricature of Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan lifting a  dress of a woman to reveal her backside in response to the leader’s call to boycott French products.

“I don’t need to say anything to those scoundrels who insult my beloved prophet on such a scale,” said Erdogan in response.

Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay and Turkey’s Communications director Fahrettin Altun also condemned the cartoon and said it was inexcusable and tolerant. 

Turkey has vowed to take ‘legal, diplomatic actions’ in response to the cartoon, and that the Ankara prosecutor’s office launched an “official investigation” into the publication.

“We assure our people that necessary legal and diplomatic actions will be taken against this cartoon,” announced Erdogan’s office. 

The current tension between the two countries came after French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that France would stick to its secular traditions and laws guaranteeing freedom of speech after the brutal killing of school teacher Samuel Paty. 

Erdogan alleged that  Western countries attacking Islam wanted to “relaunch the Crusades” and practiced Islamaphobia. 

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