UK minister Dominic Raab declares support for France in diplomatic row with Turkey

The United Kingdom has declared its support for France in the midst of a diplomatic row with Turkey over the French president’s anti-Islam comments in the wake of the beheading of a school teacher by a Muslim radical.

"The UK stands in solidarity with France and the French people in the wake of the appalling murder of Samuel Paty," Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement on Wednesday. "Terrorism can never and should never be justified."

Nato allies and the wider international community must stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the fundamental values of tolerance and free speech, and we should never give terrorists the gift of dividing us.

Dominic Raab

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called earlier this week for Turks to boycott French goods, as he continued his attack on Macron over his "attitude" towards Muslims.

Erdogan also said on Saturday that Macron had a problem with Muslims and needed mental checks - a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara.

France is home to many large Muslim communities, notably in major cities such as Paris and Marseilles. Civil disorder is becoming increasingly common in these communities, and the French foreign ministry this week issued a warning to its citizens in certain Muslim states to be extra vigilant.

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