France urges Arab countries to stop boycott calls

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PARISFrance called on Arab countries on Sunday to end calls to boycott French products.

“These calls for boycott and attacks on our country pushed by a radical minority are without merit and must be stopped immediately,” French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement.

Previously, several Arab trade groups announced their boycott of French products in response to statements against Islam and the republication of cartoons insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

In recent weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron has attacked Islam and the Muslim community, accusing Muslims of “separatism”. He described Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world”.

It coincided with a provocative action by Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French magazine infamous for publishing anti-Islamic cartoons, which sparked widespread anger and outrage in the Muslim world.

Last month, the magazine republished cartoons insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

The cartoons were first published in 2006 by Danish newspaper Jylllands Posten, triggering a wave of protests.

* Writing by Gozde Bayar
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