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PM tells Sarkozy not to incite to Islamophobia

16 March 2012 General 19 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

(Today’s Zaman)

PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed on Tuesday that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is inciting racism and Islamophobia in France in order to get re-elected in the upcoming presidential elections. Erdoğan said resorting to xenophobia, particularly Islamophobia, to win elections is very irresponsible.

Depicting a recent bill Sarkozy’s center-right UMP initiated seeking to penalize the denial of Armenian claims of genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as an act inciting the French to xenophobia, Erdoğan said the current president adopted a more aggressive stance after the bill was passed into law but then overruled by the French Constitutional Council, which deemed it unconstitutional. Erdoğan said the council had corrected a historic mistake by cancelling the law.

Valerie Boyer, a deputy from the UMP, initiated the genocide bill criminalizing the denial of the so-called Armenian genocide in December 2011. The bill was approved in the lower house of the French Parliament and in the French Senate in January. However, the constitutional council deemed it unconstitutional, stating that it violated the freedom of expression.

“Sarkozy is making xenophobia a matter of domestic politics, and issuing threatening remarks against foreigners in his country. This is in violation of the EU’s universal values and fundamental principles,” Erdoğan said. The French presidential elections will take place between April and May.

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  1. Last I read, the Turks had recommenced murdering and harrassing Kurds and Armenians. Violent prejudice looks so much better when muslims do it, huh.

  2. Sarkozy is a repub;ican???

  3. Things are no different in Europe . Hate and fear to win elections. It has been going on for centries.

  4. thats what hitler did to get elected, except he was hating on the jews! hehe

  5. We have to have bad guys so the political tools can “save us” and justify their jobs. Sarkozy is an irrelevant little twit

  6. Wht? This Guy can’t win d ppl over off charisma.

  7. sarcozy is scared crazy he’ll lose the presidency, so will use any phobia and target Muslims as easy prey…he’s a mega Jerk.

  8. you can’t structure love or modern society with hate. this is the dead end.

  9. And this is surprising to whom?

  10. Americans for Obamaphobia.

  11. Of course he is. It’s a classic right-wing tactic famous throughout history, and quite an effective one. Muslims are the new Jews.

  12. Sarkozy is racist bigot who since his becoming france president has made that nation into a police state with racist views towards minorities. Funny thing is who is he? He is minority himself a jew.

  13. do you live in France Ahmed? and what is wrong with being a jew? are you racist too? Sarkozy is of hungarian origin but has french blook too. Marine Le Pen is the one inciting to islamophobia not Sarkozy, she is the leader of the National Front and has many voters, Sarkozy is trying to put her electors in his camp by taking a few of her slogans, the same a francois Hollande is doing with the green Party to get their votes in the second round. Islamophobia here in france is about the same as christianophobia in the middle east i’d say. French people are not religious in nature!

  14. nothing is wrong with being a jew…now being a zionest…thats not good!

  15. @ Sandra: He’s not saying there is something bad with being a Jew. He just thinks it’s funny that a person belonging to a minority group that was a victim of a similar circumstance in the past would choose to repeat the genocide of a minority group.

  16. And, being a person who has lived in the Middle East for 15 years, you cannot compare the way Christians are treated here to the way Muslims are treated in the west. Christians are surprisingly treated with a lot of respect and most of them receive more money and better treatment than their Muslim coworkers here. In fact, the school in my city has a church but no mosque…

  17. President Sarkozy should know Better.Over Nine Hundred Thousand +,Jews & French Immigrants living in Morocco,Algeria,Iran,Turkey enjoy Prosperity,Freedom without
    being hounded by Rogue Politicians like Sarkozy Himself during Election Season.Moderate Jews in Muslim countries label Both NathanYahu & Sarkozy as Ignorant Right Wing Afrikaners of 20th Century trying to turn France & Israel in Racist Apartheid States.

    To make my point I will Add an enlightened Quote on the Comments List, by
    Ashley Smith as Follows:

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    And, being a person who has lived in the Middle East for 15 years, you cannot compare the way Christians are treated here to the way Muslims are treated in the west. Christians are surprisingly treated with a lot of respect and most of them receive more money and better treatment than their Muslim coworkers here. In fact, the school in my city has a church but no mosque…
    //Ashley Smith via Facebook
    17 March 2012 at 11:12 pm

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  18. Anon,
    The European intervention and European-style nationalism, destroyed the centuries-long peace between religions that had characterized the Ottoman system. It was because the Armenians tried to gather support from European countries in order to overthrow the Ottoman Empire which led to violence. No one calls them terrorists. Yeah, last you read was at the end of when the Empire fell, but its funny how you Christians brush over the fine print. If you read everything regarding Islam like the way you read the Quran, you are a sorry excuse for any intellectual. True, war crimes were committed, but that government is no longer in power. The issue at hand is the double standard of the French. They seek to restrict freedom of speech (which is what democracy is all about) by making it a crime to deny the Armenian holocaust. What is the point of bringing that up when the Ottoman Empire is no more? You wanna talk about half a million dead Armenians? Fine. Then lets talk about the French government that killed 4-6 million Muslims in Africa. That same government still exists, but I don’t hear you crying about “them secularists.”

  19. Muslims never think they massacred anybody. They should be reminded of it every once in a while. Maybe they are so inured to violence they don’t even notice it unless it is committed by someone else.

    What nerve of this man to lecture us on Islamophobia. How about Kurdophobia? Whining victimhood while murdering fellow citizens, what insanity.

    Christians may be well treated in some of those places and murdered in others.

    Europe does have goofy restrictions on speech. Also from recent court cases in UK it seems if one says nasty things or displays hate lit one is taken to jail, but clobbering someone while under the influence is ok, no jail time there.

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