Emmanuel Macron shamed by Erdogan as France-Turkey clash becomes personal | World | News

Mr Erdogan has launched a stunning personal attack on the French President as ties between the two nations continue to worsen. The 66-year-old described Mr Macron as a “burden” on his country and claimed France is “going through a very dangerous period”. His stark comments come amid months of disputes between the two countries over Syria and the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabkah region near Russia.

Speaking in Istanbul this afternoon, Mr Erdogan said: “Macron is a burden on France.

“Macron and France are going through a very dangerous period actually.

“My hope is that France gets rid of the Macron trouble as soon as possible.”

President Macron, 42, has been under mounting pressure domestically over his handling of the second wave of coronavirus infections.

In recent weeks, widespread protests have been held across the country against Government restrictions and Mr Macron faces a tough race to win a second term in office.

With less than 18 months to go until the next presidential election, the latest polls have narrowed with support increasing for his main rival the far-right National Rally Leader, Marine Le Pen.

International relations with Turkey have been strained as both sides support opposite sides in the brutal conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a disputed region in Eastern Europe.

The Nagorno-Karabakh enclave is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.


More than 1,000 people have died since fighting broke on in late September.

Ankara has a key military-pact with its close ally Azerbaijan, while Paris has sided with Armenia and called for the land-locked region to be a recognised as a Republic.

This is a developing news story, more to follow. 

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