France urges Middle Eastern countries to prevent boycotts

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

26th Oct, 2020. 11:34 am
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France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end appeals for a boycott of its goods in protest.

The French foreign ministry said the “baseless” calls for a boycott were being “pushed by a radical minority”.

Middle Eastern countries began a campaign to boycott French products after President Emmanuel Macron defended the right to show controversial cartoons.

Shops in Kuwait, Jordon, and Qatar are removing French products. While, protests have been witnessed in Libya, Syria, and the Gaza Strip. French-made hair and beauty items, for example, were not on display.

Online calls for similar boycotts in countries such as Saudi Arabia have been circulating. A hashtag calling for the boycott of French supermarket chain Carrefour was the second-most trending topic in Saudi Arabia.

The backlash began from defaming comments by Mr. Macron against Islam. The president said the teacher, Samuel Paty, “was killed because Islamists want our future”, but France would “not give up our cartoons”.

On Sunday, Mr. Macron doubled down on his defense of French values in a tweet that read: “We will not give in, ever.”

The non-governmental Union of Consumer Co-operative Societies said it had issued the directive in response to “repeated insults” against the Prophet Muhammad.

The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “These calls for boycott are baseless and should stop immediately, as well as all attacks against our country, which are being pushed by a radical minority.”

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