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How France's crackdown on 'separatism' has played into hands of Turkey's Erdogan

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Emmanuel Macron and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit on December 4th 2019. © CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL / AFP Emmanuel Macron and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit on December 4th 2019. © CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL / AFP

President Emmanuel Macron has championed measures against Islamic 'separatism' in French society, and legislation on the issue is currently going through the country's Parliament. This controversial move has handed Turkey's combative president Recep Tayyip Erdogan a fresh opportunity to portray himself as the leading Muslim leader standing up against Western Islamophobia. But as Nicolas Cheviron reports from Istanbul, behind the geopolitical considerations, Franco-Turkish Muslims have genuine concerns about the new measures in France.

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Modern Turkey and its 'neo-Ottoman' dreams in the Balkans

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Turks from the Balkans gather at Pristina in Kosovo in March 2014. © Mamusa Municipality/Anadolu Agency/AFP Turks from the Balkans gather at Pristina in Kosovo in March 2014. © Mamusa Municipality/Anadolu Agency/AFP

The recent decision by France to bolster its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean because of controversial Turkish oil and gas exploration in disputed waters is a reminder of how Ankara has been starting to flex its muscles outside its borders. Meanwhile Turkey has been quietly extending its economic influence in the Balkans, an area it once controlled under the Ottoman Empire but where it lost power after wars in 1912 and 1913 and then World War I. Jean-Arnault Dérens looks at Turkey's growing influence in the region a century after the end of its empire.

France shuts diplomatic missions in Turkey over terror threat

French diplomatic missions in the cities of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir are closed until further notice over unspecified security fears.

Thousands of Kurds demonstrate in Paris over Ankara bombings

The protesters in central Paris accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as responsible for the bomb blasts that killed at least 95 people.

Hollande heads to crisis-hit Turkey after split from first lady

Visit is first by a French president in 22 years and reflects thaw in once-frosty ties but comes as Turkey faces worst political crisis in a decade.