France and Germany 'brave' to back Turkey

17th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Dec 17 (AFP) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac have taken a courageous stance in backing Turkey's bid for EU membership, given feeble public support for the move in their countries, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Friday.

LONDON, Dec 17 (AFP) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac have taken a courageous stance in backing Turkey's bid for EU membership, given feeble public support for the move in their countries, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Friday.

The two leaders are "facing difficulties in their own countries, but they have been very firm in their support of Turkey's membership negotiations" currently under way at the European Union summit in Brussels, Straw told BBC radio.

"President Chirac has been very courageous indeed, in having to deal with public opinion," he said, adding that the French leader - in opposition to the head of his centre-right party - could "see the geo-political, strategic arguments for Turkey being a member of the European Union".

He noted public opinion polls in France which regularly show at least half and sometimes as much as two out of three people against Turkey's EU bid.

© AFP

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