World Islamism: Several Muslim countries call for a boycott of French products

00:10  25 october  2020
00:10  25 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Calls to boycott French products have gone viral on Twitter in recent days. Twitter users are using several hashtags, including “Prophet Muhammad is a red line,” “France insults Prophet Muhammad,” and “ Boycott French products ” to condemn the Islamophobia campaign in the European country .

Several Arab trade groups have announced their boycott of French products in response to incitements against the Islamic religion and insulting Arab activists also launched several social media campaigns for the boycott of all French products , using several hashtags as (#boycottfrance

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, which brings together Muslim countries, deplored "the words of certain French officials likely to harm Franco-Muslim relations"

Certains produits français sont boycottés par des pays musulmans après les déclarations d'Emmanuel Macron sur l'islam en octobre 2020 © JOEL SAGET / AFP Some French products are boycotted by Muslim countries after Emmanuel Macron's statements on Islam in October 2020 CARICATURES - The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, which brings together Muslim countries, deplored "the words of certain French officials likely to harm Franco-Muslim relations ”

Calls for a boycott of French products increased on Saturday in several countries in the Middle East. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, which brings together Muslim countries, deplored "the words of certain French officials likely to harm Franco-Muslim relations". The stir was sparked by the words of President Emmanuel Macron, who promised not to "renounce the caricatures" of Mohammed, banned in the Muslim religion.

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Mainstream Muslim leaders have expressed outrage at Paty's killing, echoing arguments about the dangers of radical Islam while also warning against Ninety-six percent of French Muslims feel connected with their country . The percentage of Muslims feeling the same way is equally high in

The French Head of State spoke during of a tribute to Professor Samuel Paty , beheaded by an Islamist assailant after showing his 4th year students drawings of Muhammad on the occasion of a course on freedom of expression.

Jams and cheeses shunned

On social networks, calls to boycott French products have multiplied since Friday, through hashtags in Arabic. The AFP, however, noted several signs of an effective boycott across the Arab world.

In Qatar, retail chains Al-Meera and Souq al-Baladi have announced that they will "withdraw" French products from stores until further notice. In one of Al-Meera's stores, an AFP correspondent saw employees removing St. Dalfour brand jams from shelves.

The University of Qatar also announced on Twitter Friday the postponement of the French cultural week following "the deliberate attack on Islam and its symbols".

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Adherents of Islam constitute the world's second largest religious group. According to a study in 2015, Islam has 1.8 billion adherents, making up about 24.1% of the world population.

It has stipulated that Muslim preachers must complete their training in France, and insisted that all children, including Muslim children, must attend But there's also the failure of organized Islam in France — the number of victims of Islamist terror in France in recent years prohibits any other excuse.

The Gulf countries at the forefront

In Kuwait, images showing Kiri and Babybel cheeses removed from the shelves of certain stores were relayed on social networks.

Some 60 cooperative societies, which are major distributors in Kuwait, have announced a boycott of French products, Federation of Cooperatives vice-president Khaled al-Otaibi told AFP. "We have withdrawn all French products, namely cheeses, creams and cosmetics from the shelves and returned them to the authorized agents of these brands in Kuwait," he explained.

Some 430 travel agencies in Kuwait have also suspended bookings for flights to France, the head of the Federation of Kuwaiti Travel Agencies, Mohammad al-Motairi, told AFP.

In Jordan, the Islamic Action Front, an opposition party, called on citizens to boycott French products.

The Gulf countries, in particular Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, represent an increasingly important market for the exports of the French agrifood industry.

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