French new state minister for European affairs Jean-Pierre Jouyet said Tuesday that France favors "a privileged partnership" between Turkey and the European Union (EU) instead of full membership.
Speaking during an interview with RTL radio Tuesday, Jouyet said France favored the idea of "a privileged partnership" between Turkey and the European Union.
"I support President Nicolas Sarkozy's position calling for the establishment of a privileged partnership between the EU and Turkey," he added.
Sarkozy repeatedly stated, during the presidential elections campaigns, his position on Turkey's adhesion to EU, advocating for a "privileged partnership" between the EU and this country which, in Sarkozy's opinion, is not a European country, arguing most of its territory is in Asia.
Turkey is opposed to such a partnership and considers the only issue in negotiations with the union is purely and simply about its adhesion to the EU.
EU and Turkey are currently locked in adhesion negotiations, with EU members expected to state their position by June 30, under the German presidency, on the opening of three new thematic chapters in negotiations for Turkey's adhesion to EU.