Many French discovered Mr. Macron’s want, as he put it, to “construct an Islam in France that may be an Islam of Enlightenment,” to be patronizing of Muslims. However few have quibbled publicly with the breadth of his crackdown on extremism. His inside minister, Gérald Darmanin, has recommended that ethnic meals aisles in supermarkets must be closed.
Home politics are concerned on each side, significantly on the subject of the sparring between the French and Turkish presidents, famous Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who’s a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe.
“This can be a battle that serves each Macron and Erdogan,’’ he stated. “Macron is making an attempt to recuperate floor from the acute proper, and containing political Islam in France is an effective agenda to have, whereas Erdogan can seem as a flag-bearer of the victimized members of the Muslim group, the picture he has tried to create for himself at residence and overseas.’’
It’s no coincidence that Mr. Erdogan’s disparaging of Mr. Macron comes because the Turkish lira sinks and at an particularly tense second with NATO companions over Turkey’s army intervention in Libya and its exploring for oil and fuel reserves within the jap Mediterranean.
Mr. Erdogan is making an attempt, as ever, to divert consideration to conflicts overseas to buck up his personal standing at residence, Mr. Ulgen stated. “The extra assertive overseas coverage and the issues it generates creates an atmosphere the place folks understand that Turkey is underneath siege, so wants a robust chief when its survival is at stake,” he stated.
Occasions in France have created a brand new alternative for Mr. Erdogan. A religious Muslim, he portrays himself as defending susceptible Muslim communities all over the place, from Libya to Syria, from the Balkans to Chechnya, and now to Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
At residence, he has created a form of Islamic authoritarianism, discarding the tenets of Kemal Ataturk’s Turkish republic, which was based as a secular state very related, the truth is, to that of the French Republic.