Stranded in Turkey, professor seeks return to France

Acquitted of terror charges after a stint in jail, a Turkish professor of a French university remains stranded in Istanbul, stripped of his passport and subjected to an opaque probe. Tuna Altinel’s colleagues view the 55-year-old as another victim of a crackdown against academia and Kurdish causes that gathered force after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived a coup bid in 2016. The professor of mathematical logic and set theory at Lyon’s Claude Bernard University agrees. “I am a hostage of the Turkish state,” Altinel told AFP at his Istanbul home. Gangly, bespectacled and occasionally spor…

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