French Pres­i­dent Emmanuel Macron decid­ed to stream­line the tra­di­tion­al good wish­es this year, in order to make room in the Jan­u­ary agen­da. No doubt so he can find the time to meet up with war crim­i­nals with whom he wants to “stay con­nect­ed”. Erdoğan is one of them.

In fact, it is in the name of prag­ma­tism and of avoid­ing rifts that he will greet Reis Erdoğan, on Jan­u­ary 5. Did the Reis invite him­self unex­pect­ed­ly fol­low­ing his African tour?

What­ev­er the case may be, the agen­da for their talks seems well estab­lished with “a part­ner who is cru­cial on a num­ber of issues, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the migra­to­ry cri­sis and the fight against terrorism”.

As a reminder, France is also pur­suit of arms sales, a spe­cial­ty of Erdoğan’s son-in-law. And  the French con­struc­tion and pub­lic works sec­tor is a heavy con­trib­u­tor to the Turkey’s “con­crete” achieve­ments for 2023.

So while the French Pres­i­dent will be not­ing that “Turkey has objec­tive­ly drift­ed away from the Euro­pean Union these past few months, with wor­ri­some devel­op­ments that can­not remain incon­se­quen­tial for the cus­toms union, for instance”, we can bet Gen­er­al Le Dri­an, the For­eign Affairs min­is­ter, will be in on the meetings.

Erdoğan will undoubt­ed­ly reas­sure French author­i­ties con­cern­ing back­ground rumors con­cern­ing patent­ed killers ready to take on Turkey’s ene­mies in Europe. Close to the anniver­sary of the assas­si­na­tion in Paris of three Kur­dish mil­i­tants on Jan­u­ary 9 2013, now a cold case file, the French admin­is­tra­tion will undoubt­ed­ly appre­ci­ate the reassurances.

It is high­ly unlike­ly that the talks will deal with polit­i­cal hostages in Turkey. The pres­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tion will say they did, no doubt…Let’s wait and see how this trans­lates into real interventions.

Prag­ma­tism will call for Turkey express­ing reas­sur­ances con­cern­ing the hold­ing back of migrants, and assur­ances by Macron that he will car­ry for­ward Europe’s com­mit­ments to Turkey in this area, now that Merkel is expe­ri­enc­ing momen­tary polit­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties relat­ed to this issue.

Since the top­ic will lend itself to such, pleas­an­ter­ies con­cern­ing the Turk­ish can­di­da­cy to the Euro­pean Union will undoubt­ed­ly be exchanged.

But who will dare bring up the con­tent of the lat­est decree edict­ed by the Turk­ish regime in Decem­ber, the one promis­ing immu­ni­ty to assas­sins who invoke anti-ter­ror­ism as their ali­bi? To do so would be to accuse Erdoğan direct­ly, since, although no mere civil­ian,  this decree pro­vides after the fact immu­ni­ty both for him and his geno­ci­dal army.

Thus, all the mas­sacres he has cov­ered or ordered these past few years will be erased thanks to jurispru­dence fol­low­ing the blessed attempt­ed coup d’é­tat. Pres­i­dent Macron, who knows a thing or two about pres­i­den­tial decrees,  prob­a­bly won’t have much to say on this topic.

Will the French Pres­i­dent argue in favor of the pres­ence of a del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing the North­ern Syr­ia Fed­er­a­tion at the upcom­ing peace talks? Or will mutu­al con­grat­u­la­tions end on the shared opin­ion con­cern­ing the Amer­i­can deci­sion for a de fac­to recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital?

Erdoğan will not be com­ing to Paris to share some Turk­ish delight 

He needs recog­ni­tion, via a press con­fer­ence, as an indis­pens­able “part­ner” at the inter­na­tion­al lev­el. And France, as a finan­cial part­ner, needs Erdoğan’s  new-found influ­ence in Africa… If you’ll pass the Sahel, I mean, the salt, I’ll pass the…

It will be said assas­sins with fresh blood on their hands will always be wel­come in Paris, as long as they share com­mon lib­er­al eco­nom­ic out­looks and fil­ter out migrants. In this regard, the con­ti­nu­ity with the Hol­lande gov­ern­ment is evident.

Plus, if a few con­tracts can be seen to stim­u­late growth…The ex-Social­ist Bre­ton Gen­er­al will see to it.

As stat­ed in an AFP release: “This is the first vis­it to France of the Turk­ish Pres­i­dent since the failed putsch of July 15 2016 and the elec­tion of Emmanuel Macron last May.” New Year wish­es marked by ignominy.

A vis­it announced only a few days in advance, allow­ing no time for the expres­sion of any­thing but pathet­ic anger.

Français : Erdoğan 2018 • Bien­v­enue à un crim­inel de guerre ! Cliquez pour lire

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