Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan briefed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on his policies towards Muslims on Saturday, saying he needed “mind control”.
“What can be said about a head of state who treats millions of members of various faith groups this way: First, there is a mental inquiry,” Erdogan said during a televised speech.
Macron’s proposal to defend his country’s secular values against radical Islam has angered the Turkish government, adding to the growing list of disputes between the French government and Erdogan.
Macron described Islam around the world this month as “in crisis” and said the government would introduce a bill in December to strengthen the 1905 law that would officially separate church and state in France.
He announced strict monitoring of schooling and better control of foreign funding for mosques.
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