French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin denounced Wednesday “extremely strong” interference attempts in France, making particular reference to Turkey.
While French President Emmanuel Macron recently warned of Turkish interference attempts in the upcoming presidential elections in the country, this threat was also confirmed by his interior minister.
And the problem arises especially in the city of Strasbourg, according to Gérald Darmanin. There are “particularly in Strasbourg (…) extremely strong attempts to interfere in our country, notably on the part of Turkey”, he declared.
The minister accused the town hall of this city of “financing foreign interference on French soil” after the adoption on Monday of a subsidy for the construction of a mosque supported by a pro-Turkish association.
“I had the opportunity to tell the mayor of Strasbourg (…) that we did not find that at least friendly with French interests”, declared the minister with reference to the pro-Turkish association which “n “is more capable of being in the world representative of the Islam of France”, he maintained.
And to explain its position by affirming that “this pro-Turkish federation did not want to sign the charter of values of the Republic” adding: “We consider, we, that we can no longer deal with these associations which are against the values ”of the Republic
“We have a certain number of indications showing that the Turkish government wishes to interfere in French and in particular religious histories”, asserted the Minister of the Interior.