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EU must stand firm regarding Turkey, says France's Beaune

FILE PHOTO: French Junior Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune speaks during a news conference to present the government's economic recovery plan from the Covid-19 pandemic, in Paris, France September 3, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union must stand firm against Turkey and this could mean possible sanctions, junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said on Thursday.

“In the short-term there must be signals of resolve. We will see if there are sanctions,” he said on broadcaster France 2 television.

EU leaders are set to meet in Brussels on Thursday for two days of discussions notably on tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Turkey.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez