Sarkozy's Policy on Turkey's E.U. Accession: Bad for France? - by Soner Cagaptay
According to Soner Cagaptay, France's President Sarkozy was elected partly because of his tougher approach to Islamic radicalism within France which was a public reaction to events such as the rioting in Paris in 2005. Cagaptay also endorses actions the French President has taken that include the appointment of Algerian-Moroccan immigrant Rachida Dati as Minister of Justice. However, Cagaptay argues that Sarkozy can reinforce the "European-ness" of non-radical Muslims within France by supporting Turkey's accession into the European Union. Thus far, Sarkozy opposes inclusion of Turkey in the European Union.