During a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Macron expressed France's solidarity with Greece and Cyprus over the illegal Turkish actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus.
The French position is in line with the US position against Turkish provocations in the eastern Mediterranean.
The French president stressed in his remarks quoted by the Cyprus News Agency that Greece is facing an increase in challenges in the eastern Mediterranean region because of Turkey's actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus. "The EU and France will not show any tolerance on this issue," Macron said, expressing France's solidarity with Greece and Cyprus against illegal Turkish actions.
The Greek prime minister acknowledged the importance of France's friendship and called on French companies to invest in Greece. "We will talk about a new structure for the eurozone," he said, stressing the need for "Europe to defend its citizens and its borders."
During their meeting, the French President and the Greek Prime Minister also discussed French-Greek defense cooperation, as well as security and stability issues in the Eastern Mediterranean.
In conjunction with the Cypriot Prime Minister's visit to Paris, which in recent weeks has become more apparent within the energy alliance that includes Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Italy and others, Erdogan held a press conference with Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Arsene Tatar, in Ankara, where he renewed his pledges to continue Illegal gas exploration activities.
Erdogan stressed that Turkey will continue its research and exploration activities for gas and oil in the Eastern Mediterranean "with all firmness and determination", as described.