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.
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.