Keyword: Turkey

How French foreign minister Le Drian lied over Khashoggi affair

Yves Le Drian and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in April 2018. © Reuters Yves Le Drian and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in April 2018. © Reuters

On November 12th, 2018, Jean-Yves Le Drian insisted on French television that he was not aware of evidence supplied by Turkey regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi killers. Yet no fewer than seven French diplomats and intelligence agents have contradicted this claim by France's foreign minister. Thomas Cantaloube, Lucie Delaporte, René Backmann, Nicolas Cheviron, Matthieu Suc and Rachida El Azzouzi investigate.

How strongman Erdogan has built a 'New Turkey' in his grip

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Strongman: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Reuters Strongman: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Reuters

Since the re-election in June of Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan, the country has adopted a constitutional system that hands new and vast executive and legislative powers to the authoritarian head of state. Mediapart’s correspondent in Istanbul Nicolas Cheviron reports on the essential changes that spearhead the construction of Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’.

The dilemma for Paris over French jihadists captured in Syria and Iraq

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An Islamic State propaganda photo of one of its sharpshooters. © DR An Islamic State propaganda photo of one of its sharpshooters. © DR

In the wake of the military defeats of the Islamic State group in the Middle East, a total of about 100 French nationals, including jihadist fighters, women and children, are now detained in Iraq and in Kurd-controlled territory in Syria. Their situation represents a dilemma for the French government, which is tempted to leave them in the hands of their captors and their justice systems, but which is under pressure from lawyers acting for their families who argue that to do so is unlawful and inhumane. Michel Deléan and Matthieu Suc report on the debate, and hear the arguments, which include security concerns, for and against their return.

Secret services fear Islamic State 'travel agency' could return jihadists to France

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A jihadist in a tunnel underneath the former Islamic State-held city of Mosul. A jihadist in a tunnel underneath the former Islamic State-held city of Mosul.

The Islamic State terrorist organisation has been quietly preparing for the loss of its self-styled Caliphate for several months. France's security services now fear that its fighters might be moved to other areas of jihadist conflict or into Europe. In particular they have have raised concerns over the role of the terrorist's mysterious 'Emigration and Logistics Committee' based in Turkey, the Lebanon and Jordan, amid fears it may be used to send French and other European jihadists back to their country of origin. Matthieu Suc reports.

French journalist detained in Turkey arrives back in France

Loup Bureau, 27, who was arrested while crossing into Turkey from Iraq in July and detained for suspected terrorist activity after Turkish authorities discovered in his equipment pictures he had taken with members of a Kurdish militia in Syria, finally arrived back in Paris on Sunday after a high-profile campaign for his release, including intervention by President Emmnual Macron.

Turkey to release French reporter held on terror charges

Loup Bureau, 27, who has been detained for almost two months in Turkey since he was arrested on the Iraqi-Turkish when he was found in posession of pictures and interviews with members of a Kurdish militia, is due to be deported back to France this weekend.

Macron speaks with Erdogan about detention of French journalist

French President Emmanuel Macron has held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and 'expressed his concern about the case of Loup Bureau, a journalism student detained in Turkey, and his desire to see our compatriot return to France as soon as possible' said a statement by the Elysée Palace.

French national detained in Turkey after crossing from Iraq

Man, who had photographs of and interviews with Kurdish militia fighters on him, has appeared in court on suspicion of aiding a terrorist group.

French photographer freed by Turkey

Press photographer Mathias Depardon, 37, was expected back in France late Friday after a month in detention in south-east Turkey where he was arrested on suspicion of taking part in 'terrorist propoganda' while on an assignement for National Geographic magazine photographing the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

The Syrian family waiting for a French visa to safety

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The family at the Grand Station restaurant in Aleppo before the war: the photo has been altered to protect their identity. The family at the Grand Station restaurant in Aleppo before the war: the photo has been altered to protect their identity.

Many Syrian refugees living in Turkey have gone to the French Consulate in Istanbul in the hope of obtaining a visa that will allow them to travel to France in safety. But only a small number ever get granted this precious document. Mediapart's Carine Fouteau tells the story of one Kurdish family from Syria who were twice forced to flee the fighting and who are now desperately waiting for a visa from the French authorities that would restore hope to their shattered lives.

Opposition slams French government over Turkish political rally

Conservative and far-right presidential candidates sharply criticised the socialist government for allowing Turkey's foreign minister to attend a meeting in France to rally support for proposed changes to his country's constitution which will strengthen the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Wanted French jihadist jailed on return from Syria

Kevin Guiavarch, 24, was arrested for suspected terrorist activities following his extradition to France from Turkey where he reportedly surrendered himself claiming he was 'repentant' after joining the Islamic State group in Syria.

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.

Hollande rules out visa concessions to Turkey over migrants deal

Ahead of next week's EU-Turkey summit, the French president said visa rules and respect of human rights would not be traded for migrant control.

How judicial probe dodged real truth behind murder of Kurdish activists in Paris

By Jacques Massey
The three Kurdish activists killed in 2013: Leyla Saylemez, Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan. The three Kurdish activists killed in 2013: Leyla Saylemez, Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan.

In January 2013 three female Kurdish activists were gunned down in cold blood at their offices in Paris. The chief – and only - official suspect will stand trial in France early this year for their murder. However, despite an investigation by three examining magistrates the people who ordered the killings have never officially been identified. Instead, political, diplomatic and security concerns appear to have blunted the French judiciary's probe. Nonetheless, writes Jacques Massey, it is clear that the confrontational approach adopted by Turkish president president Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards the Kurds lies behind the shootings.