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Erdogan dubs Macron a 'political novice' over Armenian Genocide issue
2019-02-16 10:45:26

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called French counterpart Emmanuel Macron a "political novice" over the announcement that France would hold a national day to commemorate he Armenian genocide, AFP reports. 

"I say to Macron - you are still a political novice, first learn the history of your country," Erdogan said during an interview with the A-Haber television channel.

He went on to list all the countries which France had colonised and where, he said, massacres had taken place including Algeria, Indochina and Rwanda.

Earlier this month Macron announced that France, which has a substantial Armenian community, would hold a national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide on april 24, teh day Armenians commemorate the 1.5 million victims.

Last week Turkey hit out at that decision with Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy accusing Macron of trying to win votes from the Armenian community in France.