Op-Ed by Crif President Francis Kalifat - October 26, 2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who sees himself as the new Caliph of the Muslim world, must be stopped.
For years, the Tyrant of Ankara has been pursuing an aggressive and expansionist policy of threats, intimidation, invective and insults unworthy of a President, causing a surge of threats and hatred against France and its President.
The President of Turkey has shown muscles in Syria against the Kurds. He supplied Syrian arms and fighters to the Libyan national unity government led by Fayez al-Sarraj, supported by Muslim Brotherhood. He opened a new front in northern Iraq. He threatened Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean by violating their territorial waters. And he is directly involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
France cannot be the new playground of Erdogan's madness.
Facing threats widely relayed by some Arab and Muslim states - of which everyone knows how much democracy and human rights are a priority for them - our country must unite around its values.
Facing outrageous attacks, slander and insults, facing photos and burnt flags, facing the surge of hatred and threats, facing calls to boycott French products, it is the duty of each of us to unite.
By attacking Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, they attack France.
France must stand united.