PARIS (AP): Turkey’s president says the attacks in Paris are spurring hatred against Muslims and refugees in Europe and is urging leaders to call for “common sense” in their countries.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday there were reports of attacks against Muslims and a “hardening of stance” against refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks — developments he said would only serve to “deepen the tragedy”.
Erdogan said: “If we do not thwart racist attacks and fanatical movements, new and dangerous tragedies will become inevitable. Racism united with hatred of Islam is the greatest calamity and danger.”
The Turkish leader said that as a Muslim he was condemning the attacks by the Islamic State group and he urged all other Muslim leaders to do the same.
Earlier, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is warning that the associates of extremists who targeted France last week could use chemical and biological weapons, as he urged Parliament to extend a state of emergency.
Valls presented a bill extending the state of emergency declared after Friday’s attacks for another three months to the lower house of Parliament on Thursday. It goes to the upper house Friday.
Valls said “terrorism hit France, not because of what it is doing in Iraq and Syria … but for what it is.”
He added, “we know that there could also be a risk of chemical or biological weapons.”