France closes mis­sions in Turkey over se­cu­rity fears

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France has tem­po­rar­ily shut down its em­bassy in the Turk­ish cap­i­tal Ankara and its con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, cit­ing se­cu­rity rea­sons.

“The Em­bassy of France in Ankara, as well as the Con­sulateGen­eral in Is­tan­bul, will be closed from Wed­nes­day July 13, 1pm (10:00 GMT), un­til fur­ther no­tice,” the em­bassy said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

The an­nounce­ment came a day after France scrapped Bastille Day - or French Na­tional Day - re­cep­tions at these mis­sions on se­cu­rity grounds.

French con­sul to Is­tan­bul Muriel Dom­e­n­ach wrote on Twit­ter the events in all three cities had been can­celled “for se­cu­rity rea­sons”, and that France was in touch with the Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties.

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