France's Hollande, Germany's Merkel say Turkey's Nazi jibes are unacceptable

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday it was unacceptable for Turkey to use "Nazi" jibes to criticise Germany and other countries for banning rallies in support of President Tayyip Erdogan.

The two leaders said in a joint statement that they had discussed the matter, with Hollande stating that France had expressed its solidarity with Germany and other European Union countries that had been dubbed as Nazis or fascists by Turkey.

Hollande added he had agreed with Merkel that future events organized over the Turkish referendum could take place provided they adhered to French and German laws.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Adrian Croft)