“Erdogan understands only force”: the conflict between France and Turkey 

Analysts concluded that French President Emmanuel Macron is quite capable of rein Turkish President Recep Erodgan, who has been presumptuous in his aggressive actions.

At the same time, experts admit that the French politician will not dare to take active actions, conducting endless coordination of their operations with Brussels and Washington.

The growing tension in Franco-Turkish relations has given rise to speculations among experts. In particular, the conflict began off the coast of Libya, when the Turkish frigate refused to carry out mandatory cargo inspection, which was supposed to be carried out by the French as part of the NATO operation Sea Guardian.

In response to the demand, the Turks aimed the French ship. The incident provoked a sharp reaction from French President Emmanuel Macron, who said that Turkey’s actions would destabilize the situation in NATO. At the same time, the French leader directly pointed to Erdogan’s support for the Libyan Government of national accord and noted that the Turkish President is playing a dangerous game. Later it became known that Turkish counterintelligence agents detained four people who were accused of spying for France.

“The contradictions between France and Turkey continue to grow,” the article says.

Turkey’s aggressive actions put security in Europe at risk, and this circumstance “greatly worries Macron.” At the same time, Erdogan does not intend to retreat from his goal, which he wants to achieve in Libya: to create a puppet government and strengthen his position in the Arab world.

There have been many conflicts between France and Turkey: for example, the French are still skeptical about Turkey’s accession to the EU, which “the Turks are very offended.” Also, the governments of both countries have opposed views on the policy pursued by Cairo.

Macron can cope with Turkey’s aggression if he moves to real action. However, according to him, the French leader is likely to “sink” in coordinating his policy with the EU and US leadership.