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French-Turkish Dialogue


Renewing the Franco-Turkish dialogue through diverse partnerships

Türkiye's relationship with the European Union today is a major factor that determines how it conducts reforms, but it is important to look at the cost of this adjustment. The process of recovering the acquis communautaire is long and constantly faces problems posed by political projects (such as the stability of institutions, religious minorities, Cyprus, etc.).

The evolution of Euro-Turkish relations uncovers some of Türkiye's internal fragilities. The Franco-Turkish relation partially illustrates these difficulties, but it also experiences the tensions associated with mutations the society, political systems and economic structure of the two countries endured.

In any case, it is important to evaluate the state of the political, economic and cultural relations between France and Türkiye and to understand the reasons for their evolution. Down the road, it is important to tie new partnerships in order to secure the development of a realistic and harmonious interaction between the two countries.

Today, Ifri is positioned at the centre of a renewed Franco-Turkish dialogue, aiming to overcome generalisations, erroneous perceptions and circumstantial disagreements. Ifri aims to offer civil society actors,  the business community, the non profit sector and the media occasions to communicate in a safe space.

The Contemporary Türkiye Program thus aims to encourage the Franco-Turkish dialogue on three complementary planes: debating ideas, a business dialogue and a media dialogue.

Dorothée SCHMID

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Ifri’s Türkiye and...


Research Fellow, Türkiye and Middle East Program


Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa Center and Turkey/Middle East Program

Over the past years, the Eastern Mediterranean has become centerstage of an increasingly internationalized and militarized conflict driven by different albeit interlinked issues and an arena for a growing variety of actors to project their geopolitical ambitions.

The Franco-Turkish standoff is first and foremost a geopolitical contest for influence in the EastMed area. It must be understood in light of Turkey’s rise as an emergent power in quest for geostrategic autonomy and France’s unease with Ankara’s growing assertiveness in a region that Paris...

By: Alain CHENAL

Turkey has become a recurrent issue in France's domestic political debate, following the referendum campaign on the European Consti­tutional Treaty in spring 2005. While the question of Turkish EU membership is itself a point of discussion, evoking Turkey also tou­ches on other sensitive...

Wednesday 31 March 2010
from 09:45 to 18:00 - Conférences

As part of the "Turkey season in France (July 2009 - March 2010)", Ifri's Contemporary Turkey Program organises "French-Turkish Media Forum" in partnership with TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, Istanbul).


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