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The commander of the French ground forces, Thierry Berkard, said that his country’s army should be “on alert for fierce confrontations.”
In an interview with “Le Figaro” newspaper, he added that the world is witnessing new balances, adding that although there is no danger threatening the French borders, “some players seek to provoke and raise the risks.”
He stressed that the French army should not give in to any pressure, by building a solid and exemplary army that “discourages the potential aggressor from provoking us.”
Berkard’s statements come after the recent escalation in the rhetoric between Paris and Ankara, following Turkey’s implementation of exploration operations for energy resources in the Mediterranean waters.
Macron strongly criticized the Turkish moves last month, especially against the backdrop of the “harassment” of a French ship, saying that France no longer considers Turkey a partner in the development of the Mediterranean, while Ankara responded with several offensive statements.
Source: “Le Figaro” + agencies