France warns against ‘repression’ in wake of Turkey coup
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France's foreign minister warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday against using the country's failed coup as "blank cheque".
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."
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)