Turkey’s inflation rate soars to 49% as Erdogan defends policy
05 February 2022 | 2:05 pm
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Inflation in Turkey has soared to its highest level in nearly two decades. Despite the 36% surge in consumer prices, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended his unorthodox economic vision. France 24 Correspondent Jasper Mortimer has the latest from Ankara. Also in the show - the French government expands emergency support for businesses affected by the pandemic, and Apple becomes the first US company to be worth $3 trillion.
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