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Macron's 'Time Bomb' Remarks Anger Bosnians, French Amb. Summoned


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Sat, 09 Nov 2019 03:00 GMT

Bosnia's Presidency on Friday November 8th summoned France's ambassador Guillaume Rousson to voice rejection to President Emmanuel Macron's remarks describing the country in southeastern Europe as "time bomb," Reuters reported.

In an interview with British The Economist published a day earlier, Macron voiced concerns about the return of Islamist fighters, saying that Bosnia-Herzegovina represented a "time bomb that's ticking right next to Croatia."

This comes as he commented on his country's rejection to support starting talks with North Macedonia and Albania concerning joining the European Union.

Macron's comments triggered anger among the Bosnian Muslims, who represent nearly half of the population.

The presidency said in a statement it had informed the ambassador of the number of foreign fighters and reviewed with him the efforts exerted by the country to combat terrorism. It also sent an invitation to Macron to visit Bosnia.