France does not plan a reciprocal boycott of Turkish products – Minister of Commerce

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FILE PHOTO: French Minister of Culture Franck Riester attends a parliamentary session in Paris, France, May 19, 2020. Christophe Petit Tesson / Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – France does not plan a reciprocal boycott of Turkish products and will continue talks and relations with Turkey and its president, Trade Minister Franck Riester said on Monday.

“There is no retaliation on the agenda,” Riester told RTL radio. He nevertheless reiterated the government’s condemnation of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s recent comments on President Emmanuel Macron and his treatment of Muslims in France.

Erdogan on Monday urged his compatriots to stop buying French goods, joining calls from the Muslim world for a consumer boycott to protest against images posted in France of the Prophet Muhammad that Muslims consider blasphemous.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Edited by Mark Heinrich

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