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    France Strongly Condemns Attempted Coup in Turkey - Foreign Minister

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    France condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and praises the Turkish people for upholding the country's state institutions, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Saturday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — On Friday, the military coup attempt was carried out in Turkey. According to the Turkish General Staff, 104 coup supporters were killed, while 47 civilians, 41 police officers, 2 soldiers died in clashes. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan accused Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, an outspoken critic of the government in self-imposed exile in the United States, of organizing the unrest.

    "An attempted coup against the constitutional and democratic order took place in Turkey. France resolutely condemns it… France hopes for the situation to calm down as soon as possible. It hopes that Turkish democracy will become stronger after this incident and that basic freedoms will be fully respected," Ayrault said in a communique.

    The Turkish people have shown maturity and courage by standing up to defend the country's state institutions, he added.

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