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Macron slams Turkish ‘imperialist aspirations’

Tensions between France and Turkey continue to escalate. After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for French President Emmanuel Macron to be sent “for a psychiatric examination following his hatred of Islam” the French president accused Turkey of “imperial aspirations”, he said.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Macron attacked Turkey’s behavior in the Middle East and described Turkey’s intervention in Syria as “a surprise and aggressive act for its NATO allies.”

He added that “Ankara has not respected an arms embargo in Libya while taking a very aggressive approach” in the eastern Mediterranean. “I note that Turkey has imperial tendencies in the region, and I think these imperial tendencies are not a good thing for the stability of the region,” Macron said.

The French president has accused Turkey of a “warlike attitude towards its NATO allies” and said tensions could ease if his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed respect for France and NATO and does not tell lies.

“France’s wish is for things to calm down, but for that to happen, it is vital that the Turkish president respects France, respects the EU, respects EU values, does not tell lies and does not make insults,” Macron said.

He noted that France had expressed condolences to Turkey following the deadly earthquake in the Aegean Sea and also offered to send aid to the affected cities. As part of the tensions that have developed in recent days between Turkey and France, France has decided to recall its ambassador to Ankara for consultations in Paris.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that “Turkey has made the deliberate choice to justify the beheading of the teacher” Samuel Paty following the presentation of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in his class, accusing Ankara of “launching a campaign of hatred and slander against us”.

Source: Arutz Sheva