CHP leader urges First Lady to burn her Hermes bag following Erdoğan’s call to boycott French goods

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Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has urged First Lady Emine Erdoğan to burn her Hermes handbag following President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call to boycott French goods.

Kılıçdaroğlu said that the people already can’t purchase French goods due to the economic downfall of the country.

“Can the citizens buy French goods? The presidential palace socialite can implement the boycott. They have French-made planes, sell them immediately,” Kılıçdaroğlu told members of his party at a parliamentary group meeting on Oct. 27.

“Mrs. Emine has a [Hermes] bag. She should burn it in the garden of the presidential palace and say, ‘I protest [France],’” he added.

Emine Erdoğan’s Hermes handbag has created controversy in the country due its cost being $50,000 when she was using it in 2019.

Erdoğan was criticized due to using the bag in the country that people are suffering from increased unemployment and poverty. The price of the bag corresponded to 144 minimum wages at the time.

Following President Erdoğan’s call to boycott French goods, the bag became a trending topic on Twitter on Oct. 26.

During his speech, the CHP leader also said that the people can’t buy bread, deeming the calls for a boycott meaningless.

“As if local shopkeepers and workers take a French perfume home everyday,” he said.

Kılıçdaroğlu’s remarks came after Erdoğan urged all Turks to boycott French goods in a row that began after French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to fight “Islamist separatism,” saying it was threatening to take over some Muslim communities in France.

The country has since been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist militant, avenging the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression.

For three days, Erdoğan said that the French president needed a mental health check, repeating a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara over the weekend, as he appealed to Turks to shun French products.

“Just like they say ‘Don’t buy good with Turkish brands’ in France, I am calling to all my citizens from here to never help French brands or buy them,” Erdoğan said.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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