France Recalls Ambassador After Erdogan Said Macron "Needs Mental Help" Over "Islamist Terrorism" Label | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

France Recalls Ambassador After Erdogan Said Macron "Needs Mental Help" Over "Islamist Terrorism" Label

It's been a weekend of a ratcheting diplomatic tit-for-tat angry statements between Turkey and France. Relations between the two NATO members were already on edge given France's strong backing of Greece's attempts to keep Turkish oil and gas exploration vessels out of its territorial waters in the eastern Mediterranean.

Paris has now recalled the French ambassador to Turkey in the biggest escalation to date as of late Saturday. It started with President Erdogan taking exception to how Emmanuel Macron characterized the brutal murder of middle school teacher Samuel Paty, beheaded outside Paris on October 16 by a young Chechen refugee angry the teacher had shown cartoon images of Muhammad.

President Macron had clearly defined it as an "Islamist terrorist attack" while urging France to resist such extremism "This is our battle and it is existential. They [terrorists] will not succeed … They will not divide us," Macron had said in the days after the attack. "One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught... the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe," he added. Macron further vowed to root out the radicals from French society.

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