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World Amidst a second COVID-19 lockdown, Macron is facing mounting international backlash and a boycott of French goods over his comments about Islam

11:05  29 october  2020
11:05  29 october  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

Opinions | Instead of fighting systemic racism, France wants to ‘reform Islam’

  Opinions | Instead of fighting systemic racism, France wants to ‘reform Islam’ Another terrorist attack has intensified anti-Muslim sentiment. When a terrorist in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine beheaded Samuel Paty, a middle school teacher who’d shown his students caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, he was transformed from an educator into a national symbol. Paty is the latest of more than 260 French killed in similar attacks since 2012. As with Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest whose throat was slashed by Muslim fundamentalists in 2016 in a small stone church in the village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Paty’s killing was portrayed as an attack on the soul of France.

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a second national lockdown until at least the end of November. Mr Macron said that under the Covid daily deaths in France are at the highest level since April. On Tuesday, 33,000 new cases were confirmed. Mr Macron said the country risked

Calls for boycott of French goods after president’s remarks at tribute to murdered teacher Samuel Paty. In a strongly worded statement, France’s foreign ministry demanded that calls for a boycott of its Muslims have also been angered by Macron ’s comments earlier this month that Islam is “a

Emmanuel Macron wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: French President Macron. Reuters © Reuters French President Macron. Reuters
  • Diplomatic tensions between Turkey and France are rising with the European Commission calling on Turkey to refrain from verbal attacks.
  • French officials have stated that religious sites are on "high security" after protests have grown across the Middle East and Muslim world.
  • Charlie Hebdo also published a cartoon mocking Turkish President Erdogan.
  • Now under a second COVID-19 lockdown, French Muslims and anti-racism activists worried about a rise in hate crimes as a result of diplomatic tensions and new Charlie Hebdo row.
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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.

Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions

  Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking a day after he suggested Macron needed mental health treatment because of his views on Islam and radical Muslims, Erdogan expanded his range to take aim at foreign critics. “Whatever your sanctions are, don’t be late,” Erdogan said, referring to U.S. warnings for Turkey not to get directly involved in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, where Ankara supports Azerbaijan against ethnic Armenian forces.

There has been a backlash to French President Emmanuel Macron ’s vow that France “will not give up on caricatures, drawings,” while On Sunday night, the French government issued a statement saying: “In several countries in the Middle East, calls for a boycott of French products, especially in

French President Emmanuel Macron will reimpose a nationwide lockdown starting Friday to curb the spread of COVID - 19 .

Speaking at the French schoolteacher's wake last week, Macron called Paty a "quiet hero" of the French republic and added that France would continue to produce the cartoons and defend anyone's right to do so.

In Montpellier and Toulouse, local officials projected the Charlie Hebdo caricatures of Prophet Muhammad onto their town halls as an act of solidarity.

In response to the defense of the caricatures, numerous heads of states in the Arab and Muslim world have called for the boycott of French goods, and protests have been held globally against what detractors are calling an incitement of Islamophobia by the French president.

The French Foreign Ministry called for an end to the boycott and "blackmail" on Monday.

The reaction to Macron's defense of the cartoons is linked to his recent announcement of laws in early October, which would enable local french officials to surveil mosques more tightly, and require Islamic institutions and officials in France to sign "secular charters" in order to prove that they are not influenced by foreign sources.

'Resist the blackmail': French companies brace for Arab boycott

  'Resist the blackmail': French companies brace for Arab boycott France's largest employers' federation on Monday urged companies to "resist the blackmail" over a product boycott by Arab countries as a backlash widens over Paris's hardened stance against radical Islam. French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to take the fight to Islamic radicals after the October 16 beheading of a history teacher who had shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed to pupils in a class discussion on free speech. But his commentsFrench President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to take the fight to Islamic radicals after the October 16 beheading of a history teacher who had shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed to pupils in a class discussion on free speech.

France urges end to boycott of French goods as Macron defends Muhammad cartoons. It would be easy to think that Macron , facing record Covid infections, might look at his in-tray and back off. Either way this is not a fight Macron is likely to abandon. Domestically, he faces the first round of the

France announces second national lockdown : Macron says coronavirus second wave will be French President Macron has announced a new nationwide lockdown today, to come into force on Projections show 9,000 covid - 19 patients will be in ICU by mid November, the country has 6,000 ICU

After Samuel Paty's gruesome death, the legal package is seen to have gained popularity, and after protests and the call to boycott French goods have grown globally, French officials have tightened security around religious sites, urging French nationals living abroad to refrain from attending anti-Macron protests for their own safety.

Speaking to French outlet Libération, French Interior minister Gérard Darmanin has implicated organizations like the Collective for the Fight Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), arguing that they should be dissolved because the organization "considers there is a state Islamophobia all the while being subsidized (financially) by the French state."

In response to Darmanin, CCIF and over 70 European civil liberties organizations signed a letter pushing back.

CCIF reported that in 2019, there were nearly 800 anti-Muslim acts in France, a figure almost twice as high as their tracking two years prior. The European Network against Racism added that "the focus on a certain form of exclusive 'laicité', or secularism, is leading to the exclusion of many Muslims, and in particular visibly Muslim women."

Boycott of French products: Bruno Le Maire denounces "unacceptable" threats

 Boycott of French products: Bruno Le Maire denounces He affirmed that the government would support companies facing boycott threats © Jacques Witt / SIPA Boycott of French products: threats DIPLOMACY - He has affirmed that the government would support companies in the face of threats of boycott "Boycott practices are unacceptable", denounced the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire on Monday in the Assembly while several countries in the Middle East and in Turkey called to shun French products, after Emmanuel Macron's intervention on the publicatio

The backlash stems from comments made by Mr Macron after the gruesome murder of a French teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in French -made hair and beauty items, for example, were not on display. In Kuwait, a major retail union has ordered a boycott of French goods .

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to address the nation on October 28, 2020 amid an increase in Covid - 19 hospitalisations and deaths. Many French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown , noting that 58 percent of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by Covid - 19

Advocates say that Macron's administration has repeatedly spoken out against "radical Islam" without acutely defining it, implicating many moderate Muslims. ENAR added that headscarf and Burkini bans had a similar chilling effect of policing religious freedom in the name of secularism.

In the week since the murder of Paty, two Hijabi women were stabbed by non-Muslim French women in Angers, France, over their Hijabs and because they were speaking Arabic, France 24 reported.

Protests have been held in countries like Turkey, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia, and a full blown diplomatic row has simmered between France and Turkey.

A spokesman for the European Commission discouraged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from advancing the boycott of French goods, stating that it "will take Turkey even further away from the European Union." Erdoğan called for Macron to undergo "mental checks" for sharing and defending the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, an act which is considered blasphemous in Islam.

Pictures of supermarkets in Kuwait and Qatar emptying their shelves of French products have spread across social media. The Kuwaiti Union of Consumer Co-operative Societies stated that nearly all of it's 69 stores pulled products made in France.

Macron comments spark Tunisia freedom of speech debate

  Macron comments spark Tunisia freedom of speech debate French President Emmanuel Macron's defence of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed sparked widespread protests, but in Tunisia, it triggered debate balancing hard-won rights of the revolution with respect of religion. Freedom of speech is seen as one of the most solid achievements of the North African nation's 2011 revolution, the first of the Arab Spring uprisings that ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Macron's recentFreedom of speech is seen as one of the most solid achievements of the North African nation's 2011 revolution, the first of the Arab Spring uprisings that ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Some have called for a boycott on French goods while others have set fire to French flags in the streets of Tripoli. Macron has described murdered teacher Samuel Paty as a 'hero' and said his death was an attack on freedom of expression, after Paty showed one of the offensive Charlie Hebdo

Macron -Erdogan Feud Over Islam Comments . During his speech at a ceremony commemorating French history teacher Samuel Paty, who was brutally murdered by a In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored.

France called for Turkey to be censured at the next EU summit, a spat which is increasingly threatening Turkey's hopes of inclusion in the European Union.

Today, Charlie Hebdo shared its weekly cover, featuring a buffoonish depiction of Erdogan and a half-naked veiled woman with the caption, "Erdogan, in private he is more fun."

"I condemn this incorrigible French rag's immoral publication concerning our president," Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay responded on Twitter, calling on the international community to speak out against the new cover.

Turkey and France, both NATO allies supporting opposing sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, have continued to escalate their diplomatic row.

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Analysis: Bad blood - why France-Turkey cartoon row could leave lasting impact .
Analysis: Bad blood - why France-Turkey cartoon row could leave lasting impactPARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) - Slights and barbs have marred relations between France's Emmanuel Macron and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan for years, but the row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad has dragged them to a new low which could have more lasting consequences.

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