Now he's up to the same trick again, this time in France, and he's not a bit bashful about it. After Germany, France is the main destination country for expatriate Turks, with an estimated half million in 2002. (Sorry, no more recent figures available without extensive search!)
L’appel d’Erdogan aux Turcs de France : devenez français pour mieux rester Turcs!This leads, of course, to the question, what "values" Turks would have to renounce were they to become assimilated Europeans. Eating Döner, Köfte and Börek? Drinking Raki or Ayran? Belly dancing? The Turkish bath? Hardly. In fact, Germans (I can't speak for the French) adore most of it. Would they have to renounce universal "values", like truth- and faithfulness, respecting one's fellow man and valuing human life, justice, trust, gratefulness, empathy, tolerance or humility? Not really. So what "values" to renounce remain? What about an honour that forces a father or brother to kill a daughter or sister who has brought "shame" over a family? What about forced and consanguineous marriage? What about child brides? What about the "right" of the husband to beat his wife? What about the contempt for women's sexual integrity? What about phantasies of superiority over other peoples and religious denominations and the resulting feeling of entitlement? What about a perverted, violent macho cult? What about the license -- no, the DUTY -- to lie to "infidels"? What about the contempt for the rule of law?
Erdogan's appeal to the Turks in France: become French to stay better Turks!
... le Premier ministre turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan a appelé ses compatriotes résidant en France à prendre la nationalité française afin de mieux faire progresser la «turquisation» de l’Europe !
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged his compatriots residing in France to acquire French citizenship to be in a better position to promote the "Turkeyfication" of Europe. [France knows dual citizenship already.]
«Personne ne peut vous demander d’être assimilé. Pour moi, le fait de demander l’assimilation est un crime contre l’humanité. Personne ne peut vous dire : “Renonce à tes valeurs“.»
"Nobody is allowed to ask you to assimilate. For me, to ask somebody to assimilate is a crime against humankind. Nobody is allowed to ask you to renounce your values."
Erdogan may be talking about "values". What he means is sharia.
Another thank you goes to Gudrun Eussner!