Published On: Thu, Sep 10th, 2020

Why has France grown great interest in the Mediterranean all of a sudden?

As the conflicts in the Mediterranean, especially the ones between Turkey and Greece continue to grow, we see that France has also been getting involved in the issues here for quite some time. President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious and strict Eastern Mediterranean policy for France, and the evolution of this policy in the opposite direction to Turkey’s rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, attracted attention not only in Turkey, but also around the world.

Macron’s policy is the subject of various interpretations in Turkey with its current side. But it would not be misleading to say that the Turkish public is surprised by this new policy of France. However, what is really surprising is the passion and continuity of France’s interest in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is located in the west of the Mediterranean because although many might not be informed about it, this passion goes back quite a long way.

In fact it dates back to KNIGHTS TEMPLAR established in Jerusalem in the twelfth century, continues with 9th Louis, King of France who adopted a very passionate politics about eastern Mediterranean and Napoleon’s expedition to the Eastern Mediterranean in 1798.

We can easily think of the Dardanelles wars, in which France participated with a great land and sea power, as part of the eastern Mediterranean Adventure of this country. Even though France was defeated at Dardanelles, after the end of World War II, it was allowed to occupy cities like Antakya (Antioch), Mersin, Tarsus and Adana, Gazi Antep, Urfa and Kahramanmaraş in south eastern Anatolia.

Relations between Turkey and France have been at a fairly good level in the time of high-quality statesmen such as Charles de Gaulle and Jacques Chirac. However, it seems impossible to say the same for the period that begins with Sarkozy and continues with Macron.

At present, it is understood that France wants to return to the Eastern Mediterranean again, and in this context it unilaterally gives all its weight to the interests of Greece. In the long run we will see whether this will have positive yields for world peace, as well as France.

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