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French Foreign Minister to snub France vs Turkey soccer match

Reuters , Monday 14 Oct 2019
France' Dan-Axel Zagadou is congratulated by team mates after he scored a goal during the Under 21 Euro 2021 qualifying football match between France and Azerbaijan on October 10, 2019 at the Epopee Stadium in Calais. (Photo: AFP)
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has decided not to attend Monday's soccer match in Paris between France and Turkey in the wake of Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria, said Le Drian's office.

Le Drian had previously planned to be at the game, said the minister's department.

French officials are planning to step up security ahead of this evening's European Championship game in the Stade de France between the two countries, following the condemnation by France and the European Union of the Turkish offensive.

The EU, which Turkey still aspires to join, had already condemned the Turkish air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria, and has been further infuriated by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's threats to send refugees to Europe.

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