France warns against ‘repression’ in wake of Turkey coup

Bulent Kilic, AFP | People react after they take over military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016

France's foreign minister warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday against using the country's failed coup as "blank cheque".


"We want the rule of law to work properly in Turkey," Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault underscored to France 3 television, stating that Turkey's government should not use repressive measures.

His remarks came as Turkish authorities continued a crackdown in the wake of the coup, arresting over 6,000 people accused of involvement in the putsch or of supporting the plotters.

Forces loyal to the Turkish government crushed the remnants of a coup attempt, in which 265 lost their lives, after crowds answered Erdogan’s call to take to the streets.

Ayrault echoes Hollande’s strong line

Ayrault’s remarks echoed those made by President François Hollande, who said Saturday that he expected a period of “repression” in Turkey after Friday's turmoil.

"Now we shall see what the situation is in Turkey. If its president has completely regained control, which I think is the case, we shall have a period of considerable calm, but there will probably be repression", Hollande said after visiting the French foreign ministry’s crisis centre.

"I can imagine that a certain number of military will have to answer for what they did or what they didn’t do," the French president added.

Ayrault said earlier: "France hopes that Turkish democracy will emerge reinforced by this test and that fundamental liberties will be fully respected."


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