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Turkey Prepares to Take Dutch Populist Geert Wilders to Court over Cartoon

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a lawsuit Tuesday against one of Europe’s best known populist leaders, Geert Wilders, on charges of “insulting the president,” a crime in Turkey.

Wilders joins thousands Erdogan has so prosecuted for insulting him since coming to power. The lawsuit follows a war of words triggered by France’s crackdown on radical Islam after the beheading of a teacher.

Wilders – who leads the official opposition party in the Dutch Parliament – had published a cartoon of Erdo?an wearing a bomb in a turban on Friday, his response to Turkey’s increasingly forceful attacks on France. Last week, Erdogan had insulted French President Emmanuel Macron by saying the leader needed mental health treatment for his reaction to this month’s Islamist terror attack in a Paris suburb. Macron objected to the attack.

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