Turkey calls for boycott of French products

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called for a boycott of French products, adding a stone to the criticism raining down on Emmanuel Macron in the Middle East after recent comments defending the freedom to caricature the Prophet Muhammad and freedom of expression.

Just as in France some say "do not buy Turkish brands", I am addressing my nation from here: above all, do not pay attention to French brands, do not buy themMr Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

A lynching campaign similar to that against European Jews before WWII is being waged against Muslims, he added, accusing some European leaders of fascism and of Nazism.

On two occasions this weekend, the Turkish president had questioned the Mental Health of French President Emmanuel Macron, denouncing his positions vis-à-vis Muslims.

The French president's speech during a national tribute to the professor beheaded in an Islamist attack on October 16 for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class had particularly aroused his anger.

Emmanuel Macron had promised that France would continue to defend the cartoons.

Accused by Paris of remaining silent on the murder of the French teacher, the Turkish presidency, however, ended Monday by denouncing a monstrous assassination who can in no way be justified.

Besides Mr. Erdogan, several politicians in the Muslim world have also criticized Mr. Macron. In Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan accused him ofattacking islam.

And the Moroccan Foreign Ministry has let it be known that the Kingdom condemns vigorously continuing the publication of cartoons outrageous to Islam and the Prophet.

A young person holds a photo of French President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe brand, during a demonstration.

A young person holds a photo of French President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe brand, during a protest against France in Istanbul, Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Photo: Associated Press / Emrah Gurel

Support in Europe for Macron

The French president, however, recorded a series of support in Europe.

Mr. Erdogan's statements are defamatory and absolutely not acceptable, declared the spokesperson for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

President Erdogan's remarks against President Emmanuel Macron are unacceptable. The Netherlands resolutely upholds the common values ​​of the EU alongside France. For freedom of expression and against extremism and radicalism, for his part tweeted the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

His Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte also lent his support to Mr. Macron.

On Sunday, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell and the Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also expressed their support for the French president.

But in the Muslim world, where any portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad is taboo, the statements of the French president have sparked anger.

In Gaza, a few dozen anti-Macron protesters gathered for the second day in a row, pasting a photo of the French head of state crossed out with a red cross on the facade of the Institut français.

At the end of the week, several gatherings took place, in Tunisia or in certain regions of Syria, even if they brought together only a few dozen people.

Calls for boycott have also multiplied. As of Saturday evening, French products were withdrawn from supermarket shelves in Doha, Qatar.

In Jordan, videos on social networks showed supermarket shelves emptied of their French products, or replaced by those from other countries. The videos were accompanied by hashtags #France Boycottf or #Our Prophet is a red line (The prophet is our red line).

A man walks past empty shelves with his basket.

In Kaifan, Kuwait, French products were withdrawn from a supermarket.

Photo: Reuters / Stephanie McGehee

The head of the Amman chamber of commerce, Khalil Haj Tawfeeq, wrote to the French ambassador to Jordan asking Emmanuel Macron to immediately apologize.

In Senegal, a predominantly Muslim country in West Africa, the pan-Africanist movement Frapp-France Dégage launched a call for a boycott of French products to denounce the indecent, insulting amalgamation between Islam and terrorism, this Islamophobia encouraged and hatched by the French imperialist state.

Dozens of small French Internet sites, sites of associations of retirees, businesses or small town halls, have also been affected by a wave of computer hacking consisting in making them post Islamist propaganda messages instead of their page. 'Home.

On Monday, the French Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, called for appeasement, explaining that France was not fighting against French Muslims, but against Islamism and terrorism.

Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Sunday: Freedom, we cherish it; equality, we guarantee it; fraternity, we live it with intensity. Nothing will make us back down, ever.

There is no question of giving in to blackmail, denounced Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, the head of Medef, the main employers' union in France, calling on French companies to pass their principles before business.

Agri-food, luxury goods and cosmetics companies could be particularly affected by this boycott in the Maghreb and Near and Middle East countries.

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