Following the coup attempt, President Erdogan and his government instigated purges of the military and civil society on an unprecedented scale in modern Turkish history.
Ramping up the ongoing war of words between the two leaders, the Turkish president said Macron was "trouble" for France.
They were accused of directing the coup and bombing key government buildings, including a section of the parliament building.
The Turkish president's comments came during a controversial visit to the north of the island, occupied by Turkey since 1974 and not recognised internationally.
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As with the Hagia Sophia, the decision is seen as being geared to consolidate the conservative and religious support base of Erdogan's ruling party at a time when his popularity is under strain.
Regular religious services have not been held there since 1934 when modern Turkey's founding president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk signed an order converting the building into a museum. But a legal challenge claims the signature was forged.