Erdogan warns Macron not to 'mess with Turkey' over eastern Med
Erdogan urged Greece to "stay away from wrong" actions backed by countries like France in the disputed waters, after rival naval exercises by Athens and Ankara in the region last month saw Paris step up its military presence in the region.
The French leader was speaking before the summit of the EU's seven Mediterranean nations which threatened Turkey with sanctions over its activities.
The latest tensions began after Turkey deployed the Oruc Reis research vessel and warships to the disputed waters on August 10 and prolonged the mission three times.
But the Turkish leader on Saturday dismissed such remarks and accused Macron of "lacking historical knowledge".
They were his first comments directly taking aim at the French leader after remaining silent during the latest row.
Ankara and Paris have previously traded barbs after French officials in 2018 met with Syrian Kurdish leaders linked to a US-backed militia viewed by Turkey as "terrorists".
The two countries are also on opposing sides in Libya, where Ankara backed the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli against a 2019 offensive by military leader Khalifa Haftar.
France is suspected of supporting Haftar, but insists it is neutral in the conflict.
Erdogan accused France of intervening in Libya "for petrol", and in Africa for "diamonds, gold, copper".