Almost all Turkish newspapers on Monday dedicated their front pages to a symbolic unity march in Paris to pay tribute to victims of the recent deadly attacks that killed 17 people in France. Dailies published large-scale photographs from the march on their front pages.
“Pour la liberte (For freedom),” was MILLIYET's headline, using French instead of Turkish. The daily said 53 world leaders marched in Paris on Sunday with millions of French citizens for freedom and fraternity.
After attending the march, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned that there had been a serious tendency toward radical movements in Europe, adding that: “There would not be cultural tensions in Europe if Turkey were integrated into the European Union,” according to the daily.
“Unity against terror,” was STAR’s headline, publishing world leaders’ photographs from the Paris rally and reporting Davutoglu’s remark from the march.
HURRIYET ran the headline “Humanity marched,” while VATAN opted for “Unity.”
On a related story, Turkish dailies focused on reports that the partner of one of the French hostage takers had passed through Turkey.
“That is the hotel,” YENI SAFAK titled, reporting that Hayat Boumediene, the partner of hostage-taker Amedy Coulibaly, stayed in Istanbul, spending two days at a hotel in the Kadikoy district of the city.
“Boumediene and her friend Mehdi Sabri landed in Istanbul on Jan. 2 and stayed in a hotel for two days. They only left the room twice. Later, the duo moved to Syria through Sanliurfa province. Turkish intelligence tracked Boumediene and her friend and informed French intelligence,” the daily reported. YENI SAFAK added that the hotel refused to answer reporters’ questions on the issue.
VATAN reported that the duo did not contact anyone during their Istanbul visit. The daily said Boumediene and her friend traveled to Sanliurfa on Jan. 4 and suggested that the pair moved to Syria on Jan. 8.
Some Turkish dailies criticized Australian-American media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, for his tweets on the Paris attack. YENI SAFAK daily also reported Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesperson for the Turkish Presidency, criticizing Murdoch’s tweets.
Murdoch tweeted: “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”
STAR’s described the tweet as a “scandal.”