Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes France can “get rid” of Emmanuel Macron and says that the French president means “trouble”.
– Macron is trouble for France. With Macron, France is going through a very dangerous period, Erdogan said when he met journalists in Istanbul on Friday.
– My wish for France is that they get rid of the Macron trouble as soon as possible, the Turkish president added. If not, he believes that the country will not be able to cope with the protest movement Yellow Vests.
On Friday, Macron tried to prevent a further escalation after Erdogan’s new harsh outcome.
He contented himself with asking for “respect” and avoided commenting on the statements of his Turkish counterpart. In an interview with the online newspaper Brut, he also said that Erdogan is in the process of restricting the freedom of the Turkish population.
When Erdogan stated in October that Macron needed to have his mental health examined after defending the Muhammad cartoons in connection with the murder of a French teacher, the French authorities responded extremely harshly. Erdogan’s outcome was described as propaganda and France’s ambassador to Turkey was recalled.
The two presidents have been on edge as a result of Turkey’s gas exploration in the Mediterranean, the war in Libya, the cartoons of Muhammad and most recently also the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Erdogan also said on Friday that France had lost credibility as a broker in the Minsk group, which was established in the 1990s to negotiate a peace deal on Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey has supported Azerbaijan in the conflict, while France has the sympathy of Armenia.
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