France calls on Arab countries to stop boycotting French products


“These boycott calls are unfounded and should cease immediately, along with all attacks against our country, which are being pushed by a radical minority,” the statement said.

Macron said in a tweet on Sunday: “We will never give in” to the Islamic radicals. “We do not accept hate speech and defend a reasonable debate,” added the French leader.

<p><strong>Boycotts déjà en cours</strong>

Calls to boycott French products are already increasing in the Arab world and beyond, after President Emmanuel Macron criticized the Islamists and vowed not to “abandon the cartoons” representing the Prophet Muhammad.

Macron’s first comments on Wednesday came in response to the beheading of a teacher, Samuel Paty, outside his school in a Paris suburb earlier this month, after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a class that he was leading on freedom of expression. .

Muslims regard any portrayal of the prophet as blasphemous.

The Non-Governmental Union of Kuwaiti Consumers Cooperatives has already withdrawn several French products from the boycott. Several cooperatives visited by Reuters on Sunday had emptied the shelves of items such as hair and beauty products made by French companies.

“All French products have been withdrawn from all consumer cooperative societies,” union leader Fahd Al-Kishti told Reuters, adding that the move was in response to “repeated insults” against the prophet and had been taken. independent of the Kuwaiti government.

Boycott calls social networks

The cooperatives, some the size of hypermarkets, sell government-subsidized commodities for Kuwaitis and account for a large part of the retail trade in the country, as well as the organization of educational classes and recreational activities.

In Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s largest economy, a hashtag calling for a boycott of the French supermarket Carrefour was the second trendiest on Sunday.

Similar boycott calls were also made by groups in Jordan and Qatar.

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation on Friday denounced the brutal murder which shook France but also criticized the “justification for blasphemous harassment of any religion in the name of freedom of expression”.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Reuters)

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