The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in his underwear, drinking a beer, and lifting up a woman’s hijab to expose her bare backside. Most Muslims consider drinking alcohol haram, or forbidden.
Erdogan has vocally condemned Macron’s recent attacks on Islam, saying on Saturday the French president needed “mental” treatment.
On October 2, Macron announced a law that would monitor and regulate France’s Islamic communities. Support for the law strengthened after the October 16 killing of a teacher who had shown his class cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
Charlie Hebdo’s inflammatory cartoons have prompted several terrorist attacks in recent years.
The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in a T-shirt and underwear, drinking a beer, and lifting up a woman’s hijab to expose her bare backside.
Drinking alcohol is considered haram, or forbidden, by most Muslims, and Erdogan has long condemned it.
“Ouuuh! The Prophet!” the speech bubble from Erdogan’s mouth said, suggesting Erdogan was only pretending to be a staunch defender of Islam.
The headline published alongside the cartoon said: “Erdogan: In private, he is very funny!”
Turkish officials slammed the cartoon on social media.
“You cannot deceive anyone by hiding behind freedom of opinion! I condemn the immoral publication of the inexcusable French rag about our President,” Fuat Oktay, the vice president, tweeted.
Turkey’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, tweeted: “We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred.”
Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan’s spokesman, tweeted: “We strongly condemn the publication of the French magazine, which has no respect for any faith, sacred and value, about our President.”
Macron has not publicly commented on Wednesday’s caricature.
On October 2, Macron called Islam “a religion in crisis all over the world” and announced a new law that would see his government monitor how mosques and Islamic communities are funded and how clerics are trained in France.
Creating or proliferating images of God or the Prophet is not permissible in Islam and is considered blasphemous.
The attacks prompted by the Charlie Hebdo cartoons have seen Macron spend the past three years criticizing what he describes as Islamic separatism in France and outlining his plan to eradicate homegrown extremism.