Turkish parliament condemns remarks by France’s Macron in cartoon row

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s parliament showed rare unity on Tuesday in condemning remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron in a row about cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, calling his comments “sick rhetoric” with the potential to cause a global rupture.

Four parties including the ruling AK Party, their allies the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the secularist main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Iyi Party, issued a joint declaration saying Macron’s remarks could cause “destructive conflicts” among people of different beliefs.

The dispute follows an attack outside a French school on Oct. 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils the cartoons in a civics lesson on freedom of speech.

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