Macron to Erdogan: 'Democracies must respect rule of law'

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara is "tired" of its sluggish European Union membership process, noting that it can not indefinitely be requesting to join the bloc.

Paris. Turkey is "tired" of its European Union membership process and it can not request for membership in the bloc indefinitely, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Paris on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on French businesses in Paris to take part in Turkey's economic growth.

Mr Erdogan said the European Union membership process has been "exhausting" for Turkey, saying: "Maybe this will force us to take a decision.

And it's now been 54 years that Turkey has been waiting in the antechamber of the EU", Erdogan said.

Relations deteriorated further after authorities in several countries prevented Turkish ministers from holding political rallies to court expatriates' votes in a referendum to expand the president's powers.

Erdogan unleashed a series of insults at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, accusing European officials of racism, harboring terrorists and behaving like Nazis.

French president also said Turkey and France would continue to fight against terrorism and terror groups such as the PKK and Daesh.

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Macron has said he will also bring up the plight of jailed Turkish reporters during Friday's talks.

The Turkish president said that signing of the defense deal was "very important step".

Ankara was hoping to warm frosty relations with Europe during Erdogan's trip, but the talks were overshadowed by concerns over Turkey's huge post-coup crackdown and the arrest of journalists.

Around 50,000 people have been arrested and 110,000 others removed from public sector jobs.

Erdogan said that he believes more French-financed companies can be established in Turkey; the number now totals around 1,500 firms.

A dozen demonstrators, mainly ethnic Kurds, later tried to reach the Elysee Palace, but police pushed them back onto a side street.

Erdogan made the remarks during his meeting with members of the Movement of the Enterprises of France, a Paris-based federation.

In a statement the Communist Party said: "The French judicial system had pointed out Turkish secret services" involvement in this crime'.