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France Recalls Ambassador to Ankara After Erdogan Comment

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Photographer: Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images

France is recalling its ambassador in Ankara after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Emmanuel Macron’s policy toward Islam and said the French president needed “mental treatment.”

Such “excess” and “coarseness” on the part of Erdogan are “unacceptable,” Macron’s Elysee office said in a statement Saturday, noting that it’s the first time a top diplomat has been recalled from the country. “We demand that Erdogan changes the course of his policy because it’s dangerous.”