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Parliamentary questions
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3 November 2020
Question for written answer  E-005970/2020
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Pina Picierno (S&D), Brando Benifei (S&D), Simona Bonafè (S&D), Patrizia Toia (S&D), Paolo De Castro (S&D), Elisabetta Gualmini (S&D), Giuliano Pisapia (S&D), Pietro Bartolo (S&D), Irene Tinagli (S&D), István Ujhelyi (S&D), Franco Roberti (S&D), Demetris Papadakis (S&D), Andreas Schieder (S&D), Tonino Picula (S&D), Costas Mavrides (S&D), Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D), Andrea Cozzolino (S&D), Pierfrancesco Majorino (S&D), Alessandra Moretti (S&D), Giuseppe Ferrandino (S&D), Eva Kaili (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The EU’s response to Erdogan’s speeches against France

On 16 October 2020, a teacher was beheaded near Paris for having shown cartoons taken from the well-known satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during a lesson on the freedom of speech and religion. Following the attack, the French rallied together to defend secularism and freedom of expression. However, instead of condemning the terrorist attack, Turkish President Erdogan made unacceptable remarks about President Macron and France. He urged Muslims to boycott French products and claimed ‘the West wants to relaunch the crusades’, thereby fostering a climate of hatred that could lead to further violence. On 29 October 2020, several terrorist attacks were carried out against France, including the tragic beheading of a 70-year-old woman and the killing of two other people in the Nice Cathedral.

Against the background of President Erdogan’s statements:

1. What diplomatic measures will the VP/HR take to defend a Member State and the democratic principles on which the EU is founded?

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