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Canada Faced with the call for a boycott of Ankara, France supported by its European neighbors

18:45  26 october  2020
18:45  26 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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La tension continue à monter entre la France et la Turquie après l’appel d’Ankara, lundi 26 octobre, à boycotter les produits français . © Adem Altan, AFP Tension continues to mount between France and Turkey after Ankara's call, Monday, October 26, to boycott French products.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on his compatriots to boycott French products while Paris garnered diplomatic support from Germany and the Netherlands in the war of words that has opposed it since this week -end in Ankara.

Tension continues to mount between France and Turkey after Ankara's call on Monday October 26 for to boycott French products following measures put in place in France to fight Islamism. This escalation comes after German and Dutch diplomatic support for French President Emmanuel Macron, treated between the lines of mental patient by the Turkish leader.

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"Just as in France some say 'do not buy Turkish brands', I am addressing my nation from here: above all, do not pay attention to French brands, do not buy them", declared the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan , during a speech in Ankara.

"A lynching campaign similar to that against European Jews before WWII is being waged against Muslims," ​​he added, accusing some European leaders of "fascism" and " Nazism".

This Turkish boycott call comes in a context marked by the mobilization of Muslims in several countries of the Middle East to stop buying French products , in response to Paris' declared desire to support the publication of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad in the name of freedom of expression.

Erdogan estimated that his French counterpart should undergo "mental health examinations", which led to Paris to recall its ambassador to Turkey .

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Emmanuel Macron has since reiterated that France would continue to defend the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, a promise made during the national tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, a professor beheaded in an Islamist attack for showing these drawings in class.

The words of the French president have sparked a flood of criticism in the Muslim world, from political and religious leaders, elected officials but also ordinary citizens on social networks and have provoked demonstrations and calls to boycott French products.

Emmanuel Macron, however, recorded a series of support in Europe, including that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who condemned "defamatory" remarks against him.

For his part, the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, described Mr. Erdogan's remarks as "unacceptable". "The Netherlands resolutely defend alongside France the common values ​​of the EU. For freedom of expression and against extremism and radicalism," he tweeted.

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"Resisting blackmail"

In Qatar, French products were withdrawn from the shelves of certain supermarkets in Doha on Saturday evening.

On social networks, Jordanians have launched a campaign using the hashtags "#Our Prophet is a red line", or "#France Boycott", and are posting videos of restaurants and supermarkets where French products have been replaced by items from other countries.

Several dozen small French websites have also been affected by a wave of computer hacking consisting in making them post Islamist propaganda messages, AFP noted on Monday.

Agribusiness, luxury goods and cosmetics companies could be particularly affected in the Maghreb and Near and Middle East countries.

In the direction of the Turkish market, 6 billion euros of French goods were exported in 2018, with the transport equipment and chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics sectors in the lead.

The boss of French bosses, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, earlier today called on companies to "resist blackmail and unfortunately to endure this boycott" and to put their "principles" before business.

The Quai d'Orsay says it has mobilized the French diplomatic network "to remind and explain (to other countries) France's positions in terms of fundamental freedoms and rejection of hatred".

AFP, Reuters

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