PSG is flying this Tuesday morning to Istanbul in the midst of a political crisis between France and Turkey. A tension that rose further on Monday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to boycott French products. Two days earlier, Paris had recalled the French ambassador to Ankara for consultations after the Turkish president questioned the “mental health” of Emmanuel Macron and accused the French head of state of “leading a campaign of hate Against Muslims in his country.
The leader has in his sights the words of his French counterpart during the national tribute to Samuel Paty, reaffirming the freedom to caricature the prophet Muhammad. Accused by Paris of remaining silent on the murder of the teacher on October 16, the Turkish presidency ended up denouncing Monday “a monstrous assassination” which “can in no way be justified”.
Within the club, we are rather serene
It is in this burning context that Thomas Tuchel’s men will face Başakşehir, Erdoğan’s club, whose orange color is also that of his AKP party. The delegation, made up of about sixty people, takes off on Tuesday morning and is expected in the afternoon in the Istanbul megalopolis. She will take up residence in a hotel in the city before discovering the Fatih-Terim stadium in the early evening (8:30 p.m. in France) for a final training session. As usual, the Parisians will not make any exit except to get to the stadium where the kick-off will be given on Wednesday at 8:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. in France).
A match that will take place in front of a handful of VIPs only because of the camera. The return to Paris is scheduled for the evening just after the meeting. While the Foreign Ministry has not issued any restrictions or alerts for the French in Turkey, the security system around the team has not been changed. From his arrival at the airport to his hotel and then to the stadium, a police escort is provided as during each European trip. Within the club where the exchanges with the services of the embassy increased on Monday, we are rather serene about the good progress of the trip to Turkey.
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