6 files fueling the conflict between Erdogan and Macron – Erm...

6 files fueling the conflict between Erdogan and Macron – Erm...
6 files fueling the conflict between Erdogan and Macron – Erm...
A report published by “France Info” website shed light on the points of tension between Paris and Ankara, starting with the Libyan file, through the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the tension with Greece Because of Turkey’s gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, up to the cartoons insulting to the Messenger Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace).

The report said that “diplomatic relations between France and Turkey have not previously reached this level of tension, and this is evidenced by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attacks on Emmanuel Macron and his accusation that he needs a mental health doctor, in response to his statements after the attack that occurred in Conflans Saint Honorine (Evelyn) .


During the national honoring ceremony for teacher Samuel Patty, who was assassinated after showing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to his students, Macron promised that France would not abandon the “cartoons”. Erdogan replied on Saturday that “all that can be said about a head of state treating millions of members of different religious sects in this way is,” Go for mental health checks first, adding that “Macron needs treatment.”

The French presidency denounced the statements it described as “unacceptable” and summoned the French ambassador to Ankara on Sunday in a precedent, the first of its kind in French-Turkish diplomatic relations, and the report added, “But Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a televised speech in Anatolia, accused Emmanuel Macron of being“ obsessed with Erdogan. ” Day and night, ”he said,“ It is a phenomenon, and as a result it really needs to be tested, ”as he put it.


As for the second file, according to the report, it is the French draft law on separatism, and in this context he says that “in early October, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced Emmanuel Macron’s statements about the necessity of“ structuring Islam ”in France within the framework of the draft law against“ separatism ”.

The Turkish president responded during a speech in Ankara that “Macron’s statements that Islam is in crisis are a clear provocation that goes beyond mere disrespect.” He added, “Who are you to talk about structuring Islam? It’s rudeness and transcends boundaries. ”

This law will be introduced on December 9th, and it aims to reinforce republican principles in France. The law includes some provisions that are likely to exacerbate tensions in relations with Turkey, such as increasing control over financing of French mosques or prohibiting the training of imams abroad.

The third file highlighted in the report is the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in the Caucasus, where the Nagorno-Karabakh region, populated by Armenians but part of Azerbaijan, declared its independence in 1991, when the Soviet Union disintegrated and behind the first conflict 30,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced, and the situation appeared Fairly stable, but tension has escalated again since the beginning of 2020, according to the report.


According to the French website, Turkey is playing an undeniable role in the resumption of clashes, and it is suspected that Ankara, which has said it is ready from September 28 to support Baku “by all means,” is the one who is fueling the situation.

He added, “This Turkish support to Azerbaijan includes especially military support, but Turkey has also been accused of sending Syrian fighters, which Turkey denies. French President Emmanuel Macron described these elements as “jihadists” and called for “explanations,” and the Turkish authorities proposed “quadruple talks” with Russia and the two sides of the Armenian and Azerbaijani separatists, a way to get the French and Americans out of the issue, according to the report.

In addition to the aforementioned files, the report referred to the crisis of exploration for gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greece and Turkey are competing for exclusive economic zones in the eastern Mediterranean, against the background of the exploitation of hydrocarbons, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched exploration missions in the areas claimed by Athens, what It sparked new diplomatic tensions.


The report indicated that Paris, which is at odds with Ankara over the Libyan issue, supported Cyprus and Greece in confronting it, by sending military forces to the region last August.

Seven leaders from southern European Union countries, including Emmanuel Macron, raised the risk of sanctions if Ankara did not put an end to its “unilateral activities”, referring to natural gas exploration. On the other hand, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech in Istanbul on September 12, “Do not seek to quarrel with the Turkish people and with Turkey,” adding, “Mr. Macron, your problems with me are not over,” as he put it.

The Libyan file represents one of the most prominent elements of tension between Ankara and Paris, according to the report. In June, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned the “growing military support” that Turkey is providing to the Government of National Accord in Tripoli led by Fayez al-Sarraj and violating the embargo imposed by the United Nations. Turkey rejected these criticisms and accused Paris in turn of “obstructing peace” by supporting the opposition camp represented by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

In this already tense context, the report says, France condemned what it described as the “aggressive maneuver” that Turkish frigates carried out against one of its ships participating in the NATO mission on June 10, and according to Paris, the “Le Corbe” frigate was trying to identify a suspected cargo ship. It was carrying weapons into Libya when lit three times by the Turkish escort’s fire control radar.


France ruled that “the payment of these boats between Turkey and Libyas Misrata, which is sometimes accompanied by Turkish frigates, does not contribute to de-escalation,” accusing Turkey of violating international regulations. Emmanuel Macron announced that Turkey “strengthened its military presence in Libya and re-imported jihadist fighters on a large scale from Syria,” before mentioning “Turkey’s historical and criminal responsibility” in the conflict, as he put it.

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşolu responded on September 4, considering the French President’s reaction as “hysterical,” according to his description.

The situation inside NATO represents an additional source of tension between Turkey and France, according to the report. In an interview with The Economist weekly in November 2019, Emmanuel Macron believed that “NATO” was in a state of “brain death”, and denounced the French President The lack of coordination between the United States and Europe and the unilateral behavior of Turkey in Syria, he said.

The Turkish president responded scathingly, saying, “I am addressing French President Emmanuel Macron from Turkey, and I will repeat this to NATO:“ Check your mental death first, these statements apply only to those who have died a brain like you, ”as he put it.

The Turkish ambassador to France was immediately summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain what Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, and the French presidency at the time said, “Let’s be clear, this is not an announcement, these are insults.”

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