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Hollande, Merkel condemn Erdogan's 'unacceptable' Nazi remarks

AFP  |  Paris 

The French and German leaders today condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "unacceptable" remarks accusing and the Netherlands of acting like "Nazis".

Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel "consider comparisons with Nazism and aggressive statements against and other member states unacceptable", they said in a joint statement after speaking by telephone, the French president's office said.

Turkey and have been locked in a diplomatic spat after The Netherlands and blocked Turkish ministers from holding campaign rallies to secure a "yes" vote in next month's referendum on expanding Erdogan's powers.

While Erdogan has repeatedly accused the countries of acting like "Nazis", the European Union has warned Ankara to show moderation in its language.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 19:58 IST