Turkish president's Paris visit slammed as 'insult to Kurds'

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan's trip comes the day before a commemoration of the murder of three Kurdish activists in Paris five years ago.

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit Paris Friday, a move that has been slammed as an "outrageous provocation" by the French Communist Party because it comes the day before a commemoration of the murder of three Kurdish activists in Paris five years ago, reports RFI.

"The French judicial system was very clear in pointing to evidence that Turkish secret services were involved in this crime," a Communist Party statement said on Tuesday.

Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Seylemez were murdered at a Kurdish cultural centre in Paris in 2013.

The meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Erdogan would be "yet another insult to the families of the victims" and to Turkey's Kurdish population, it said.

Erdogan's government broke off peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) guerrilla group in 2015, reviving a war that has meant harsh repression the country's south-east.

There has also been a widespread purge of Turkey's military, civil service, media and other sectors after a failed coup attempt in 2016.

About 140,000 people have been fired or suspended from their jobs and more than 55,000 arrested.

Read more of this report from RFI.

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