Paris: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan represents Islam and Muslims through his rising popularity and strong leadership, Editor-in-Chief of French-language weekly Paris Match Gilles Martin-Chauffier told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Wednesday.
Martin-Chauffier, who described Erdogan as the “Charles De Gaulle of Turkey” during a discussion program recently, told AA that a negative propaganda was being made in the European media against the Turkish president. “This propaganda reveals that President Erdogan has been very successful and is on the right path. Erdogan has a will which does not exist among other European leaders.”
“They consider President Erdogan as an authoritarian. I think two things lie behind it. First of all, the European political class sees Putin and Erdogan like this, because they come from a lower class. If you have a strong standing compared to others, it disturbs them.
“However, President Erdogan is a person whose popularity has been progressively rising, and his votes have been increasing from previous years to present. He has succeeded through democratic ways, through the free will of the public and elections.”
Chauffier pointed out that Europeans think wrongly about Islam and were unable to associate Islam with democracy. “Europeans think there is no such thing as a Muslim Democrat. “It is possible for a Christian to be a Democrat, but [they think] a Muslim democrat concept cannot exist in Turkey. They think these concepts cannot be associated with each other.” “French people do not know what the PKK is, they also do not know whether Armenian claims have any basis; however, they unfairly judge Turkey.