The French Senate accused Turkey of spying on the country and of trying to propagate Ottoman ideology through the Yunus Emre Institute and the Knowledge Foundation.
The council explained that Turkey is trying to disseminate its ideas by influencing academia within its borders, through the creation and funding of think tanks targeting French researchers in order to spy on conditions in the country.
The French Senate revealed in a detailed report the activities of the Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen in France and several attempts to influence universities and universities.
Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen
The council’s report stressed that “the institutes, funded by the Association of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen, defend unilateral ideas and promote racism and ethnicity.”
In addition, the report points out that “Turkey is trying to influence not only in France, but also on the world stage through the Yunus Emre Maarif Foundation and institutes”, noting that “Turkey seeks to disseminate Ottoman thought at the level worldwide ”.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded to statements by French President Emmanuel Macron on Ankara’s influence in Algeria, which led to the outbreak of a diplomatic crisis between Paris and this Arab country.
Cavusoglu also warned that “it is very wrong to involve Turkey in these discussions, as its history is devoid of any stigma such as colonialism.” He continued, “If he has something that concerns us, we prefer him to tell us directly instead of speaking behind us.”
Cavusoglu’s statements came in response to Macron’s unprecedented statements in which he criticized the Algerian government and “Turkish influence” within it, saying: “I am amazed at Turkey’s ability to make the role completely forgotten. that it played in Algeria and the hegemony it exercised., and its promotion of the idea that the French are the only colonialists. This is something Algerians believe.
It should be noted that the statements of the French president led to the outbreak of a diplomatic crisis and pushed Algeria to recall its ambassador from Paris and to close its airspace to French military planes.