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.
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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.
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.
France's Emmanual Macron and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been trading barbs over free speech and a French plan to fight Islamic extremism. The motivations are many, and the consequences could be great.
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