“What are we looking for, France, Turkey, in the same military alliance”, asked Emmanuel Macron’s predecessor on France Info, stressing that Turkey is, by right, “an ally” of France, by virtue of its presence in NATO.
“These are Turkey’s aggressive policies against allied countries and encouraging armed conflict at the gates of Europe,” the former head of state denounced.
“Turkey is behaving unacceptably in Syria today, provoking conflicts that could encourage terrorist organizations to resurface,” said François Hollande, who also mentioned Turkey’s role in the war in the Azerbaijani separatist enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and its “behavior” in Libya.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attacks on Emmanuel Macron “are serious,” the former French president said.
In his opinion, “Turkey’s aggressive behavior, yes, raises an issue of Turkey’s presence in the North Atlantic Alliance.”
Ankara on Wednesday condemned a caricature of Erdogan on the front page of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which he said reflected “hostility to the Turks and Islam.”
This is the latest episode in a series of tensions between Turkey and France.
Erdogan on Monday urged his compatriots to boycott French products, days after Paris recalled its ambassador to Ankara, after the Turkish head of state questioned the “mental health” of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.