FRANCE MAY SUFFER NOT FROM ADMINISTRATIVE DAMAGES BUT TURKISH PEOPLE'S AFFECTION - CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
- PARIS. - France may suffer not so much from administrative measures taken by the Turkish government but the affection by the Turkish society, deputy president of the French Chamber of Commerce in Turkey Yves-Marie Laouenan said, adding the main damage for the French business may be Turkey's public opinion, which has changed sharply not for the benefit of France.
To note, French Senate adopted the bill criminalizing denial of genocides, while French National Assembly has adopted it on Dec. 22, 2011.
The statements by the Turkish politicians made after Dec.22, referred to French-Turkish relations in the sphere of defense, diplomacy, and foreign trade. Besides, French-Turkish trade turnover has reached €12 billion, while more than 400 French companies function in Turkey with 100,000 employees.
"As Turkey is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and European Union Customs Union (EUCU), we do not expect negative reaction against those companies as a result of administrative steps. Generally the main losses currently to expect in bilateral relations will refer to the future Francophiles among the elite, cultural and diplomatic mutual relations and francophone," Laouenan concluded.
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