Monday, March 29, 2021

Turkey could interfere in next year's French election

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is warning about the possibilities:
French president Emmanuel Macron has warned that Turkey’s government, led by Islamist president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will make attempts to interfere in next year’s presidential elections.

“Obviously, there will be attempts at interference for the next election. They’re written, and the threats are not veiled,”
President Macron said in a television interview, which is part of a documentary on President Erdogan.

Macron went on to criticise Turkey for “a policy of state lies relayed by press outlets controlled by the Turkish state”, according to Le Figaro, and mentioned “some major channels controlled by Qatar”.

The French and Turkish presidents have been at odds for months over several issues, such as Macron’s crackdown on political Islamist groups in the wake of teacher Samuel Paty’s beheading by an Islamist Chechen refugee in October.
It wouldn't be the least bit shocking if Erdogan sought ways to interfere there. And that's exactly why steps should be taken to banish their embassy from France, for example. There's a serious need for an emergency situation, and it will have to be taken as soon as possible.

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