French FM Slams Turkey's Comments on Nazism, Fascism as Unacceptable

© REUTERS / Philippe WojazerFrench Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses in his office at the Quai d'Orsay ministry in Paris, France, April 26, 2016
French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault poses in his office at the Quai d'Orsay ministry in Paris, France, April 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
Ankara’s mention of Nazism and fascism following a ban of Turkish ministers' campaign rallies in the Netherlands and Germany is unacceptable, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday.

PARIS (Sputnik) — The minister noted that the French authorities allowed Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to hold a campaign meeting in France’s northeastern city of Metz due to the absence of threat to the public order, adding that Turkish rallies in France should be held in accordance with the laws and values of the country.

"It is unacceptable when people use such words as 'fascism' or 'Nazism' because they [these words] are very aggressive," Ayrault said at a press conference in Stockholm with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom as quoted by the Ouest France newspaper.

People shout slogans during a protest in front of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, March 12, 2017. - Sputnik International
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On Saturday, the Dutch authorities refused landing for Cavusoglu, who was expected to meet with the Turkish expats in the Netherlands in the run up to mid-April's Turkish constitutional referendum on bolstering the president's powers. On the same day, Turkish Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya decided to travel to the Netherlands, but was denied entry to the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

Ankara reacted furiously, promising reciprocal actions and sanctions against the Netherlands, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled the Dutch authorities' behavior as "Nazism." Earlier on Monday, Ankara sent the Netherlands two diplomatic notes, criticizing Cavusoglu's treatment, while the Dutch authorities demanded an apology for comparing the Dutch to Nazis.

Similarly, on March 5, Erdogan compared the German authorities and Nazis criticizing Berlin for banning Ankara’s campaign rallies on the German soil, including the event in the city of Gaggenau, ahead of a crucial vote on the constitutional reform in Turkey.

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