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Get rid of Macron! Erdogan shames under-fire French president as clash becomes personal

Turkey: Defence minister compares Macron to 'Napoleon'

Mr Erdogan has launched a stunning personal attack on the French President as ties between the two nations continue to worsen. The 66-year-old described Mr Macron as a “burden” on his country and claimed France is “going through a very dangerous period”. His stark comments come amid months of disputes between the two countries over Syria and the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabkah region near Russia.

Speaking in Istanbul this afternoon, Mr Erdogan said: "Macron is a burden on France.

“Macron and France are going through a very dangerous period actually.

“My hope is that France gets rid of the Macron trouble as soon as possible.”

President Macron, 42, has been under mounting pressure domestically over his handling of the second wave of coronavirus infections.

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron has bee condemned by the Turkish leader (Image: GETTY)

In recent weeks, widespread protests have been held across the country against Government restrictions and Mr Macron faces a tough race to win a second term in office.

With less than 18 months to go until the next presidential election, the latest polls have narrowed with support increasing for his main rival the far-right National Rally Leader, Marine Le Pen.

This is a developing news story, more to follow. 

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