France evokes “possible economic sanctions” sectoral against Turkey

To counter his “aggressive Islamism” at the gates of Europe, sanctions could be taken, said Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune.

France spoke on Sunday of “possible economic sanctions»Sectorial of the EU against Turkey, deploring its« »at the gates of Europe.

«Sanctions in certain economic sectors, it is a possibility“, Declared the Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune in the program”The Great Rendezvous»From Europe 1 radio and the daily Les Echos.

«All options are on the table“, Including individual sanctions, he added, recalling those already taken against certain Turkish officials for contested gas drilling in the Mediterranean. “You mention the Customs Union, I do not believe that this is (the option) the most effective”, He stressed, however, with reference to press reports on a possible abolition of the customs union between the EU and Turkey.

“France is not alone against Turkey”

After a series of disputes, the European Union condemned the provocations at the end of October “totally unacceptableAnkara but postponed any decision on possible sanctions to its December summit. “At the last European summit, we gave Turkey a chance, which gave small signs of appeasement (…) Now she has once again chosen the path of systematic provocation and aggression.», Estimated Clément Beaune. “We will certainly go further», He hammered.

Tensions and disputes have increased between the EU and Turkey, especially in the eastern Mediterranean where the discovery of vast gas fields whets appetites. Lately, Turkey has given major support to Azerbaijan against Armenia in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. She also called for a boycott of French products after the support expressed by President Emmanuel Macron for the right to cartoon in the name of freedom of expression, after the beheading on October 16 by an Islamist of a French teacher who had shown to his students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

«For 10 or 15 years, we thought that Turkey was a sympathetic Eastern Christian democracy with a modernization that would be done gradually», Declared Clément Beaune. “It is not that. It is culturally, geopolitically aggressive Islamism in all areas. We have seen it again in Nagorno Karabakh in recent days and therefore we should not be naive“, He insisted. “No, France is not alone in the face of Turkey (…) Today, no European country has any more illusions about what Mr. Erdogan and his regime are.“, He assured.

To see also – “We have crossed an unacceptable level with Turkey,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian

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