France continues to closely monitor the situation in Turkey following the coup attempt on July 15 and 16, which it had condemned in the strongest possible terms.
The dimensions of the decisions taken in recent days – particularly the large numbers of people suspended from their jobs or made to stand trial in every area, including the media – raises real concern among France and its EU partners.
As Jean-Marc Ayrault pointed out the day after the coup attempt, the answer must not be less democracy but more democracy. Defending the constitutional order and democratic institutions against all threats, particularly terrorist threats, must be done in a way that respects the rule of law, fundamental liberties, and Turkey’s international commitments.
The EU reiterated these principles at the Foreign Affairs Council on July 18.