Calls to boycott French products rise after Macron’s Mohammed cartoon

Macron last week remarked that it was a tribute to high school teacher Samuel Patty, who was killed during a terrorist attack in the northern suburb of Paris earlier this month.

Patty was killed after showing cartoons of the Prophet during a class on freedom of expression.

Macron said France would not “abandon” the Karsevaks and pledged to tackle extreme Islamism in the country in order to instigate and boycott demonstrations in Muslim-majority countries.

“I am calling on people not to go near French goods, not to buy them,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech in the capital Ankara on Monday. “European leaders should say ‘stop’ Macron and his campaign of hatred.”

On October 25, during a protest against France in Istanbul, a child put a photo of Emmanuel Macron with a footprint

In Kuwait, a non-government chain of hypermarkets said that more than 50 of its outlets planned to boycott French products. A boycott campaign is also underway in Jordan, where some grocery stores indicated that they were not selling French goods.

A chain of stores in Qatar is doing the same, including supermarket chain Al Mira, which has more than 50 branches in the Arab country. Qatar University also said that it was postponing its French cultural week indefinitely.

Patty’s assassination has reignited tensions surrounding secularism, Islamism and Islamophobia in France, but public anger in Islamic countries to deal with the attack on Macron also threatens to make it a diplomatic and economic issue.

In a statement released on Sunday, France’s foreign ministry called the boycott of its products “inappropriate”, and demanded that they be “immediately eliminated.”

The ministry said the response distorted the president’s remarks for political purposes, adding that “posts defended by France [were] In favor of freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and refusal to call for any hatred. ”

The statement said Macron’s policies were intended to “fight against radical Islamism, and to do so with the Muslims of France, who are integral to French society, history and the Republic.”

A teacher is beheaded, and France's war on the rule of secularism, freedom of speech and religious equality

“We will never give in,” Macron said on Twitter on Sunday. “We respect all differences in the spirit of peace. We do not accept abusive language and defend fair debate. We will always be in favor of human dignity and universal values.”

Patty’s death has caused a security rift in France, where officials are making hate speech on social media and organizations and non-profits with possible links to the religion of Islam.

The caricature that Mohammed used in his class originally appeared in Charlie Hebdo, and was cited as the inspiration of a terrorist attack on satire magazine in 2015 that killed 12 people. Macron fiercely defended Patty’s right to display such cartoons in France at a memorial event.

The French leader said that France “will make loving arguments, reasonable arguments, we will love science and its controversies.” “We are repelling others, even if we will not leave the caricature, drawing.”

On October 24, a sign has been placed on partially empty shelves in a market, boycotting French goods in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Jordan, Pakistan, Egypt and Iran are among Islamic countries condemning France for the publication of Karsevaks and Macron’s response.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi tweeted on Saturday, “We condemn the publication of a satirical cartoon depicting Prophet Mohammed.”

France’s leader Imran Khan, Egypt’s highest religious authority, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar and Iran’s foreign ministry have all criticized France.

But fellow European leaders spoke in support of Macron with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose spokesman on Monday sharply condemned Erdogan’s remarks.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Berlin stands with solidarity in Paris. Leaders from Greece and Austria have also expressed support for Macron.

Pierre Barin in Paris, Chris Liakos and Sarah Dean in London, Nadine Schmidt in Berlin and Mustafa Salem in Abu Dhabi contributed to this report.


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