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>> He's in France on a rare diplomatic trip to western Europe, but Turkey's President isn't shying away from the topic that has him struggling to find allies among European Union leaders. Tayyip Erdogan, defending his crackdown on journalists, comparing some to gardeners who cultivate terrorism.>>
> Macron used the meeting to voice his concerns about specific journalists and members of Galatasaray University, but declined to say which. He went on to warn recent developments in Turkey did not allow for any progress in its hopes of joining the EU. In that, he has no shortage of support.
They write in their newspapers, their columns, as if watering them. They are the ideologues that contribute to terrorism, and one day you find these people show up as a terrorist in front of you.>> Terrorism was high on the agenda when Erdogan met his French counterpart in Paris French President, Emmanuel Macron, warning leaders face a challenge of defending the rule of law and democracy in modern times.
The French leader was one of the few in western Europe to still keep communication open with Erdogan, after Turkey's relations with the EU, as a whole, suffered since the failed military coup, in 2016. Thousands of arrests and, in particular, the treatment of journalists, sparked European countries to criticize the scale of the crackdown.
Many politicians across the continent say now is not the time for talks on Turkish membership.