Asked an unrelated question by a Dutch deputy, Erdogan bizarrely launched his first attack on France:
Here, in France, I see that the Roma are being expelled. Is that democracy? In France, today, there is no respect for individual religious liberty. Is that religious liberty? Those who want to judge Turkey should take a look at themselves first!
At that point, no French representative had spoken at all in the debate.
The French parliamentarian, Muriel Marland-Militello, who is herself of Turkish (Orthodox) descent, her mother hailing from Istanbul, asked Erdogan a question about the protection of minorities in Turkey. He replied:
In Turkish, when somebody does not know something or speaks out of context, it is said that they are from France. Mrs. Marland-Militello is clearly from France.
The French representative later said that she was absolutely astonished at the disrespectful and aggressive tone and content of Erdogan's reply.
She also said that she was very attached to her Turkish roots because of the Turkish Muslims who saved her (Armenian) family from death during the Armenian Genocide in 1915. Some would note that it is rather curious to be grateful to a people for saving one from a genocide that they themselves were committing. No doubt there are still lingering traces of dhimmitude in her psyche.
Finally, I note with curiosity that so far none of the major French papers seem to have reported Erdogan's remarks.