Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible. This is the latest result of the escalating war of words between the leaders of the two countries.
From the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean to the controversial Nagorno-Karabakh region, Turkey has been involved in a series of disputes with France and its EU partners.
In recent months, as France took action to combat Islamic extremism after several attacks on the soil, the quarrel has risen to a new level.
“Macron is trouble for France. With Macron, France is passing through a very, very dangerous period. I hope that France will get rid of Macron trouble as soon as possible,” Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul.
He said the French should dump their leader “otherwise they will not be able to get rid of yellow vests,” referring to the protest movement that erupted in France in 2018.
“Yellow vests could later turn into red vests,” Erdogan said, without elaborating.
The Turkish leader has repeatedly suggested that Macron get “mental checks” and urged the Turkish people to boycott French-labelled products.
Turkey and France also have differences over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) is an area inhabited by Armenians, which was separated from the control of Baku after the Soviet war in the 1990s.
New fighting broke out in September, killing thousands of people until a ceasefire was reached with Russia last month.
Turkey is a staunch ally of Azerbaijan.
France along with Russia and the United States co-chairs the Minsk Group, which has led talks seeking a solution to the conflict for decades but has failed to reach a lasting agreement.