In an interview with Sky News, the French Minister of Foreign Trade indicated that the Europeans will take a decisive stance in their next meeting regarding Turkey's policies.
"France calls on Turkey to stop its hostilities and stop its expansion, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, and to respect European sovereignty. The matter is not related to the tension in relations between France and Turkey, but rather to respecting European sovereignty and the truth regarding some principles," said Richer.
He added, "We will work with our European friends in the next European Council to find ways to reaffirm our will to defend our sovereignty and put an end to some Turkish practices in the eastern Mediterranean or on social media, or with regard to de facto policy, whether in Libya or Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to calm the situation, but we do not want any words, we want actions. "
In his speech, the French Minister of Foreign Trade noted that France is working on new legislation against extremism, not only to combat it, but also to reaffirm the values of the French Republic.
"We have to comment on some legislation to better combat extremism, by being able to dissolve some institutions that spread hate speech against human dignity and against national cohesion," said Richer.