The Turkish pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper Tuesday reported that a force of 12,000 militants from the Free Syrian Army "are waiting for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to initiate the operation".
Turkey accused France of being a host for terrorism after President Emmanuel Macron met a delegation of Kurds from the Syrian Democratic Forces and praised their efforts in stabilizing areas in the northern parts of the country.
France and the European Union consider the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which is pushing for a separate Kurdish state in Turkey, to be a terrorist organization.
A French presidential official said the Turkish response was no surprise given the "sensitivities" around Kurdish separatist violence in Turkey.
As if Macron's expression of support was not already enough to enrage Turkey, Kurdish representative Khaled Eissa bluntly stated after the meeting that Macron was ready to send in French commandos to fight the Turks.
"France's assurance of support for PYD/YPG/YPJ terror organisations is clear cooperation and solidarity with terror groups attacking Turkey", wrote Bozdag on Twitter.
Ankara has repeatedly said that it would not allow terrorist entities to be based near its border in Syria, while Damascus has condemned the Turkish military presence on its soil as occupation.
Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.
Macron told the delegation he hoped to build dialogue between the Democratic Forces and Turkey, with the help of France and the worldwide community, according to a communiqué from the Elysee.
"We have no need for mediation".
About 10 days into the Turkish operation in Syria, Macron had incensed Turkish officials by saying France would have a "real problem" if the campaign turned out to be an "invasion operation".
"We hope France doesn't come to us for help when the terrorists running from Syria and Iraq fill their country after being encouraged by their policy", he said.
The office said that a wide operation was underway to "neutralise the PKK terrorists who launched the attack".
"It is necessary that Israel rapidly ends use of force that would further raise the tensions in the region", it said.