The comments come after France’s Macron criticism of Ankara over the current tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron "not to mess" with Turkey.
His comments come as tensions between the NATO allies escalate over disputes in the eastern Mediterranean. Erdogan also said that Macron was targeting him.
“Don’t mess with the Turkish people. Don’t mess with Turkey,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul on the 40th anniversary of the 1980 military coup.
Macron has recently criticised Ankara during the standoff between Greece and Cyprus on one side and Turkey on the other over hydrocarbon resources and naval influence in the eastern Mediterranean.
12 Eylül darbesinin 40. yılında, Demokrasi ve Özgürlükler Adası’nda düzenlenen Vesayetten Demokrasiye Milli İrade Sempozyumu’ndayız. https://t.co/z1UvxWymcE— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) September 12, 2020
Erdogan warns Greece
Erdogan urged Greece to "stay away from wrong" actions backed by countries like France in the disputed waters, after rival naval exercises by Athens and Ankara in the region last month saw Paris step up its military presence in the region.
Macron on Thursday said Europeans must be "clear and firm with, not Turkey as a nation and people, but with the government of President Erdogan, which has taken unacceptable actions."
The French leader was speaking before the summit of the EU's seven Mediterranean nations which threatened Turkey with sanctions over its activities.
The latest tensions began after Turkey deployed the Oruc Reis research vessel and warships to the disputed waters on August 10 and prolonged the mission three times.
But Erdogan on Saturday dismissed such remarks and accused Macron of "lacking historical knowledge".
"Mr. Macron, you're going to have more problems with me," Erdogan threatened.
They were his first comments directly taking aim at the French leader after remaining silent during the latest row.
He later said France "couldn't give a lesson in humanity" to Turkey, and told Macron to look first at France's own record, notably in Algeria and its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Relations between Turkey and France have deteriorated over the eastern Mediterranean, but the two allies disagree on other major issues, including the conflicts in Syria and Libya.
Ankara and Paris have previously traded barbs after French officials in 2018 met with Syrian Kurdish leaders linked to a US-backed militia.
The two countries are also on opposing sides in Libya, where Ankara backed the UN-recognised Government of National Accord in Tripoli against a 2019 offensive by warlord Khalifa Haftar.
France is suspected of supporting Haftar, but insists it is neutral in the conflict.
Erdogan accused France of intervening in Libya "for petrol" and in Africa for "diamonds, gold and copper".
France and Turkey are both NATO members, with Paris supporting Greece and Cyprus, who say Turkey is looking for oil and gas in their waters.
Turkey says it has equal rights to the resources in those waters.