The Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) called on the leadership of France to demand explanations and apology from Azerbaijan over president Ilham Aliyev's recent remarks and threats to the presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse. In a statement released on Friday the Organisaztion suggested even to recall French Ambassador from Baku and ask the Azerbaijani Ambassador to leave France.
To remind, in a recent interview Ilham Aliyev expressed frustration about Valérie Pécresse's recent trip to Artsakh and stressed that the Azerbaijani side did not know about the visit, otherwise they would have detained them in the Lachin corridor.
According to the CCAF statement, Valérie Pécresse has herself voiced concern over the threats and the rhetoric used by Aliyev. In her words, she was not afraid of those threats, yet was surprised at the lack of reaction from French leadership when a head of a foreign state threatened a presidential candidate.
To remind, Valérie Pécresse from the conservative Les Républicains party visited Armenia and Artsakh in December were she had meetings with officials and locals.