French companies in the sights in Turkey


DECRYPTION – A trade war with Turkey would be bad news for firms in the country. But its impact would be limited next to the other concerns that undermine the French economy.

Passers-by in front of a French brand Lacoste store in Istanbul on Monday.
Passers-by in front of a French brand Lacoste store in Istanbul on Monday. YASIN AKGUL / AFP

All as in France, some say “don’t buy Turkish brands”, I am speaking here to my nation. Above all, don’t be interested in French brands, don’t buy them ”, hammered on Monday the Turkish president during a speech in Ankara. By pretending to follow the attitude of certain French people, Recep Tayyip Erdogan thus called for a boycott of products from France. Unlike Qatar or Kuwait, “No call for a boycott had been broadcast so far on the country’s social networks”, However, Selçuk Önder, president of the Franco-Turkish Chamber of Commerce (CCFT) puts it into perspective. And even if the president encourages his fellow citizens, “Many barriers make such an operation difficult”, he continues.

“Institutionally, a boycott is not possible. There is a customs union agreement between the European Union and Turkey. And Ankara continues the process of integration into the EU. Meetings are held regularly internally on this subject ”, adds Bahadir

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