World Caricatures of Mahomet: a boycott of French products begins in the Arab world
Arab American voters could play important role in key swing states
Given the concentration of Arab Americans in several swing states, their impact at the ballot box could be significant. While there is a lack of reliable polling data on Arab Americans, the numbers of Arab Americans in the battleground states of Michigan -- 200,000 -- and Minnesota - over 100,000 -- are high enough that they have become a powerful voting bloc that experts say is likely to benefit Joe Biden.
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.
The Laughing Cow ... no longer laughs in Kuwait. Photos, relayed on social networks, show supermarket employees removing from the shelves this flagship product of the French industrial cheese factory.
Demonstrations in France will pay tribute to slain teacher
PARIS (AP) — Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. Political leaders, associations and unions will demonstrate Sunday afternoon in Paris and in other major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux. © Provided by Associated Press Residents gather outside the school where a slain history teacher was working, Saturday, Oct.
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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3 dead in 'terrorist' knife attack in French church, second beheading in two weeks .
French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in Nice that killed two people and wounded several others.It is the third attack in the nation in two months, taking place weeks after a French teacher was decapitated after showing caricatures of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in class.