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World Caricatures of Mahomet: a boycott of French products begins in the Arab world

19:30  25 october  2020
19:30  25 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The initiative risks hurting many French companies. Calls for a boycott of French products are increasing in several countries in the Middle East, while the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has promised not to “renounce the caricatures” of the Prophet Muhammad. A campaign that began Friday, October 23 in Kuwait, and is gaining momentum on social networks across the Arab world.

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The manufacturer Kiri, but also Babybel, are also bearing the brunt of the boycott campaign, which also affects the tourism sector: 430 travel agencies have suspended flight reservations to France.

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A boycott still limited for the moment

"There is nothing good in a nation that does not get angry when his prophet is insulted ”, we can read on Twitter on a sign brandished under the hashtag (hashtag)“ touch the prophet ”. There is also this poster in a street in Kuwait that shows the imprint of a boot on the face of Emmanuel Macron, along with a list of brands to boycott: Dior, L'Oréal, Carrefour, Elf, Michelin, Accor ...

In Qatar, the supermarkets of the Al Rawnaq brand claim to be patriots and faithful to the Muslim religion: the brand announces the withdrawal of French products until further notice. But for now, this boycott remains very limited. Nothing to report in Egypt, Iran, Iraq or Turkey, tell us our correspondents on the spot.

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