Franco-Ottoman Alliance

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Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster
VDM Publishing, 2009 - 172 pages
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The Franco-Ottoman alliance, also Franco-Turkish alliance, was an alliance established in 1536 between the king of France Francis I and the Turkish ruler of the Ottoman Empire Suleiman the Magnificent. The alliance has been called "the first nonideological diplomatic alliance of its kind between a Christian and non-Christian empire." It did however cause quite a scandal in the Christian world and was designated as "the impious alliance," or "the sacrilegious union of the Lily and the Crescent"; nevertheless, it endured since it served the objective interests of both parties. The strategic and sometimes tactical alliance lasted for more than two and a half three centuries, until the Napoleonic Campaign in Egypt, an Ottoman territory, in 1798- 1801. The Franco-Ottoman alliance was an important chapter of Franco-Asian relations.

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