Charlie Hebdo published a cutting caricature of Turkish President Erdogan amid his feud with Macron
- The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid tensions with French President Emmanuel Macron.
- The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in his underwear, drinking a beer, and lifting up a woman's hijab to expose her bare backside. Most Muslims consider drinking alcohol haram, or forbidden.
- Erdogan has vocally condemned Macron's recent attacks on Islam, saying on Saturday the French president "needs a mental check."
- On October 2, Macron had announced a law to monitor and regulate France's Islamic communities. Support for the law strengthened after the October 16 killing of a teacher who showed his class cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
- Charlie Hebdo's inflammatory cartoons that mocked the Prophet has prompted several terror attacks in recent years.
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The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published a searing caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid high tensions between him and French President Emmanuel Macron.
On Saturday, Erdogan said Macron needed a "mental check" following a series of comments from the French president where he criticised Islam and said it needed regulation in France. In response, Paris recalled its ambassador from Ankara on Sunday, with Erdogan joining a call for Islamic nations to boycott French products on Monday.
Erdogan : dans le privÃ©, il est trÃ¨s drÃ´le !
The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in his t-shirt and underwear, drinking a beer, and lifting up a woman's hijab to expose her bare backside.
Drinking alcohol is considered haram, or forbidden, by most Muslims, and Erdogan has long condemned it.
"Ouuuh! The Prophet!" the speech bubble from Erdogan's mouth read, suggesting that Erdogan is only pretending to be a staunch defender of Islam.
The headline published alongside the cartoon reads: "Erdogan: In private, he is very funny!"
Turkish officials slammed the cartoon on social media.
"You cannot deceive anyone by hiding behind freedom of opinion! I condemn the immoral publication of the inexcusable French rag about our President," Fuat Oktay, the vice president, tweeted.
Turkey's communications director, Fahrettin Altun, tweeted: "We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred." Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan's spokesman, tweeted: "We strongly condemn the publication of the French magazine, which has no respect for any faith, sacred and value, about our President."Macron has not publicly commented on Wednesday's caricature.