French presidential hopeful rejects Turkey’s European prospects

Right-wing French presidential candidate Valérie Pecresse said in an interview with Kathimerini that she was against Turkey’s EU membership and that if elected she would also end pre-accession financial aid supplied to Ankara.

“I am not impressed by the bullying of the Turkish government. I will oppose Turkey’s EU membership, the process of which has only been suspended,” she said. “And the current pre-accession aid should be questioned. With me as president, France will be at the forefront of the fight against Islamism and the protection of women’s rights.

Pecresse, leader of the right-wing Republicans, also said she was “inspired” by Greece’s migration policy. “Greece is currently pursuing a courageous policy which inspires me: the asylum centers opened by the government on the islands of Samos, Kos and Leros reconcile immigration control and human dignity. We need to implement such good practices in France,” she said.

She said she would also like to support the European agency Frontex, “which does not currently have the necessary resources to carry out its mission”.

On the war in Ukraine, she accused President Emmanuel Macron of carrying out “arrogant and solitary diplomacy”, arguing that “if we are indeed allies – and not subjugates – of the United States, we must have a real voice towards the Russia”.

Pecresse said she believes she can beat the main political center candidate, incumbent Emmanuel Macron, although polls last week put her in fourth place, behind Macron, Marine Le Pen, Eric Zemmour and Jean-Pierre. Luc Melenchon.

The first round of the French presidential election will take place on April 10. If no candidate wins an absolute majority, a second round will take place on April 24.

Sharon P. Juarez