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Jacques Chirac - "If, on the other hand, Turkey cannot or will not make the necessary effort, then we will stop" (Photo: European Commission)

Chirac points to third way on Turkey

French President Jacques Chirac has pointed to a third way for Turkey, which would see it have a strong link to the EU but not actual membership.

Speaking on Sunday in Marseilles, Mr Chirac said, "Either it works and Turkey joins with all our values. This will take 10 to 15 years" or on the other hand, he said "... Turkey cannot or will not make the necessary effort, then we will stop".

"There is a third hypothesis that in three to four years, things have progressed but there are...

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Jacques Chirac - "If, on the other hand, Turkey cannot or will not make the necessary effort, then we will stop" (Photo: European Commission)

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