World Macron's comments on Islam: Muslim countries call for a boycott of French products

21:25  24 october  2020
21:25  24 october  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Propos de Macron sur l’islam : des pays musulmans appellent au boycott de produits français © Copyright 2020, L'Obs

Calls for a boycott of French products have multiplied this Saturday in several countries of the Middle East, after the emotion aroused by the words of President Emmanuel Macron, who promised not to "renounce the caricatures" of the Prophet Muhammad, banned in the Muslim religion.

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

"Deliberate attack on Islam"

Turkey, Iran, Jordan and even Kuwait have denounced the publication of the Prophet's cartoons. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation, which brings together Muslim countries, deplored "the words of certain French officials (...) likely to harm Franco-Muslim relations".

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On social networks, calls to boycott French products have multiplied since Friday, through hashtags in Arabic.

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

"We have withdrawn all French products"

In Kuwait, images showing Kiri and Babybel cheeses withdrawn from the shelves of certain stores were relayed on social networks.

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Some sixty 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. He explained:

"We have withdrawn all French products, namely cheeses, creams and cosmetics from the shelves and returned them to the authorized agents of these brands in Kuwait".

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.

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

Amidst a second COVID-19 lockdown, Macron is facing mounting international backlash and a boycott of French goods over his comments about Islam .
French Muslims and anti-racism activists worried about a rise in hate crimes as a result of diplomatic tensions and new Charlie Hebdo row. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After French school teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated by a Chechen Islamic extremist in France days after Paty showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that Islam was "in crisis" and that he would fight "Islamist separatism" in France, prompting international outcry.

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