After breaking the fast in the company of workers, the Turkish president deplored the violence that took place in Paris on May 1. A statement that comes as relations between Paris and Ankara remain strained.
Speaking on May 1 on television, Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticized the excesses observed in Paris on the sidelines of the May 1 protests.
“Today you see what has become of the streets of Paris,” he said on Turkish Radio-Television after breaking the fast in the company of workers from a factory in Tuzla, a Istanbul district. The Turkish president also noted that no incident had been recorded in Turkey.
Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: Bugün Paris’in sokakları ne hale geldi görüyorsunuz. Bunu aynı şekilde bizde from yapıyorlardı ancak artık buna fırsat yok. İşçinin kutsal alın terini sömürmek isteyenlere fırsat vermeyeceğiz. pic.twitter.com/10iFbibHkf
– TRT Haber Canlı (@trthabercanli) May 1, 2021
The statement comes amid tensions between Turkey and France, two NATO member countries whose relations have deteriorated in recent months. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regularly calls the French government “Islamophobic”, an accusation echoed by the Turkish media, including the Anadolu news agency, recently qualified by the General Secretariat of the Interministerial Committee for the Prevention of Crime and radicalization (placed under the authority of the French Ministry of the Interior) as a “propaganda organ”.