According to the historian, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is provoking France to try to isolate it “both at the level of the European Union and at the level of NATO”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially called on Monday, October 26, his compatriots to boycott French products, after tensions between France and Turkey over the treatment of Muslims in France.
“By personalizing the confrontation with France”, the Turkish president seeks to “to push the French executive to fault, by multiplying provocations to try to isolate France both at the level of the European Union and at the level of NATO”, explained Monday, October 26 on franceinfo the historian Pierre Razoux, academic director of the Mediterranean Studies Foundation.
For Pierre Razoux, Recep Tayyip Erdogan “Always looking for a new way, a new pirouette to make people talk about him, to create a buzz. And at the same time, he aims to personalize the confrontation with the French executive”. “France is probably today the only European country present in the Mediterranean capable of opposing it if necessary”, underlines the academic director of the Mediterranean Studies Foundation. He points out that “the Italians are careful, the Spaniards are a bit far away, the Americans are not really there anymore”. In case “unforeseen action” Erdogan, the Turkish president hopes that “if France is isolated, it will have difficulty mobilizing its allies”.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan “tries to create a diversion once again to make people forget the difficulties he faces both in his country, but also his external difficulties”, explains Pierre Razoux. From the point of view of domestic policy, the historian recalls that “Moody’s has downgraded Turkey’s economic rating, which puts it in a difficult situation”. He also points out that Erdogan “is up against Russia and Iran, especially in Nagorno-Karabakh. He had to backtrack in Syria since he had to accept last week the repositioning of his observers in the Idlib pocket. still stuck in Libya “.
More broadly, Pierre Razoux adds that Recep Tayyip Erdogan “seeks to mobilize the Islamist crowds to appear as populist heroes of political Islam, both against the classic Arab monarchies, Saudi Arabia on one side, Morocco on the other, and at the same time mobilize all States which support political Islam, Iran, Qatar “. If these states “do not officially support the boycott”, Pierre Razoux believes that they leave “to express a popular demand. And one can think that these heads of state, or in any case these weakened executives, are trying to stroke their own Islamists and their own oppositions in the direction of the hair..