Italy says Erdogan comments on Macron 'unacceptable'
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday that comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about France's President Emmanuel Macron were "unacceptable" and he expressed "solidarity" with Paris.
"Personal invective does not help the positive agenda that the EU wants to pursue with Turkey but, on the contrary, pushes solutions away," he said in a tweet in French, expressing his "full solidarity" with Macron.
Depictions of the Prophet Mohammed are seen as offensive by many Muslims, but in France such cartoons are seen as part of a proud anticlerical tradition dating back to the Revolution.
Erdogan on Monday compared the treatment of Muslims in Europe to that of Jews before World War II, saying they were the object of a "lynching campaign."
"You are in a real sense fascists, you are in a real sense the links in the chain of Nazism," he said, calling on Europe to end its "Macron-led hate campaign" against Muslims.