Turkey blasts Macron’s imperialism remarks — Analysis
Ankara stated that Paris should examine its colonial past rather than making accusations against other countries.
These statements made by Macron, the French president, during his trip to Algeria this week demonstrate that France has apparently not faced its colonial past. But they also show his failure to confront it. “distorted mentality,”Over the weekend, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a damning statement. Macron accused Turkey of spreading fascism, triggering the angry response. “anti-French propaganda”Africa.
Macron’s accusations were repelled by the Turkish Ministry “most unfortunate”And “unacceptable,”The French president is also mentioned. “has difficulties in confronting his colonial past in Africa, especially in Algeria.” France seeks to deal with this matter by accusing other nations of some malicious activities, the ministry’s statement added.
“If France supposes that there are reactions against it in the African continent, it should search for the source of these reactions in its colonial past and its efforts to still pursue this with different methods,”According to the statement. Any attempt to understand anti-French sentiments on Africa by any means “third nation’s activities”This is nothing but denial of history which shows only the “distorted mentality of some politicians,”They added it.
Turkey is an African Union strategic partner and supports “friendship, not hostility”minister said. Ankara believes that Paris will eventually be able to compete with Ankara. “reach the maturity to face its colonial past without blaming other countries,”They added it.
Macron accused Turkey – alongside with Russia and China – of building certain “activist networks”They allegedly pursue an a “neo-colonialist” and “imperialist”Spreading the agenda “anti-French propaganda” and portraying Paris as an “enemy” of Africa.
Although modern Algerians are descendants of Algiers, their ancestors had lived in Algeria for centuries. “struggle”France against Africa in the past “are being taught baseless things”During his trip to Algiers, Macron spoke about France to journalists.
He visited Algeria amid tensions between its ex-colonial empire, and the former colony. Last year, Macron questioned Algeria’s existence as a nation before French colonial rule and accused its government of fomenting “hatred towards France.”Algiers recall its Ambassador from Paris as a response and bans French military aircraft from the country’s airspace.
French airflights to French sub-Saharan Africa bases from Algerian airspace have also been restored. Following this week’s visit, Macron and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune declared a new “irreversible dynamic of progress”bilateral relations
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