Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched a personal attack on French President Emanuel Macron during his speech at a rally for the anniversary of the 1980 Turkish coup.
Macron had made a statement at the MED7 Summit in Corsica, in which he stressed that they need to have a solid stance against Erdoğan but not against the Turkish people. The Turkish president said: “Mr Macron, you will have even more problems with me. You don’t have knowledge of history. You don’t even know France’s own history. Don’t mess with me. Don’t mess with Turkey.”
Erdoğan did not forget to mention Greece either: “Take a look at what Greece is doing on the islands. How could we ever trust them? They roam around the islands with vessels. You are acting in the wrong ways. Don’t enter the wrong paths. You have always been speaking about ‘neighbours’. Then, demonstrate good neighbourly behaviour. Fortunately, we make our own decisions. Turkey can give any fight, if necessary.”