The Turkish president echoes similar calls by a number of Middle Eastern leaders. The move came in response to French President Emmanuel Macron's defense of free speech after an Islamist beheaded a French teacher ten days ago.
Rivalry over influence in Africa is partly fueling the heated exchanges between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken at length with an Arab broadcaster to defend his comments on Islam. He said he understood why people were offended, but said it did not justify violence.
An Islamist party has called off anti-France protests and claimed the Pakistani government agreed to sever diplomatic ties with Paris over Prophet Muhammad's cartoons. The government did not immediately confirm the move.
The Turkish government is hoping to split the opposition and put off voters by cracking down on pro-Kurdish politicians. But critics say the strategy won't work this time.
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