Last Update 10:10
Saturday, 19 October 2019

France's Macron 'regrets' path Turkey is taking under Erdogan

AFP , Monday 24 Apr 2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)
Views: 2731
Views: 2731

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron on Monday took aim at the course Turkey has taken under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently won a controversial referendum greatly expanding his powers.

Macron, the centrist candidate who faces far-right leader Marine Le Pen in France's May 7 second round, said if elected he would ensure France protected "democrats in all countries".

"I regret very deeply the route Turkey is taking, and I disapprove of it," the former economy minister told reporters at an event in Paris commemorating the Armenian genocide.

Turkey vehemently rejects the use of the term genocide to describe the mass killing of Armenians during World War I, arguing the episode was a collective tragedy in which both Turks and Armenians died.

France officially recognised the event as a genocide in 2001, a move that has soured relations with Ankara ever since.

The day after Erdogan won the disputed referendum on expanding his powers, Macron said there would be "no progress" in Turkey's EU accession talks if he became French president.

He said the referendum marked "an authoritarian drift" by the Turkish authorities.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.