France Wants Europe to Be Firmer on Turkey


On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron, said that he would seek to adopt a firm unified European stance towards the Turkish escalation in the eastern Mediterranean. He called on European leaders to be more resolute towards Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

During a press conference ahead of the European Mediterranean Summit, Macron expressed his solidarity with Greece. He stressed “we want to avoid any escalation in the eastern Mediterranean crisis, but Turkey must reveal its intentions.”

The French President called on Turkey to respect European sovereignty and international law, while emphasizing that “the red lines are clear, and that Turkey must clarify its options.”

During the meeting of EuroMed 7, an informal group of the EU’s seven members with access to the Mediterranean, Macron said that he will push for a common EU stance regarding Ankara’s activities, in the eastern part of the sea. Earlier, NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, stated Greece and Turkey agreed to hold technical talks.