Macron declared the “axis of evil” in the Arab world: What did he do to deserve it?

The world reaction against Macron

Macron has since been described as mentally ill by his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. His ambassador to Pakistan was summoned to condemn the incitement to Islamophobia. From Syria to Saudi Arabia, French products are being boycotted. Thus, France became an “axis of evil”.

What happened in France after the crime

Paty’s alleged murderer is Abdoullakh Anzorov (18), a Chechen citizen who has lived in France since he was six years old. Following the crime, French police raided the residences of dozens of suspected Islamist groups and individuals accused of extremism.

Macron’s next steps

The French president does not retract his controversial statements. On the contrary, he called on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to urge him to redouble efforts and cooperation against terrorism. This he did with the Chechen origins of Paty’s alleged killer in mind.

Turkey’s role in the conflict

Turkey is present in a series of disputes with France. These conflicts — over Syria, Libya, NATO, gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, and Armenia — each have their own context and details.

  • In Libya, Macron rejects Islamist influence in the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. It also condemned Ankara’s assistance to the GNA.
  • In NATO, Macron warns that the alliance could suffer “brain death” because of Turkey. He accuses Erdogan of being ambivalent about defending Western values.
  • In the Mediterranean, he equates Greek interests with those of Europe, leaving Germany to mediate. Thus, he is increasingly siding with Armenia.



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