Calls to Boycott French Products grow worldwide as Muslim community is angered at the ‘Islamophobic comments’ made by president Emmanuel Macron who alleged that Islam was a source of terrorism.
French president Emmanuel Macron made some insensitive remarks towards Muslims in response to the beheading of Paris teacher, Samuel Paty, earlier this month for showing cartoons of the Holy Prophet during one of his lectures on ‘free speech’.
Social media started trending with hashtag #BoycottFrenchProducts calling to Boycott French Products after president Emmanuel Macron encouraged the publication of cartoons depicting the Holy Prophet something which is seen as blasphemous by the Muslim community.
Many Arab countries have already started taking practical measures by removing French products off shelves which include items such as food, hair and beauty products.
France urges Arab Countries to stop Boycott calls
However, the French foreign ministry issued a statement urging Arab countries to immediately stop the calls for boycott saying:
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,
French president Macron took to Twitter saying:
We will not give in, ever.
We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We do not accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate. We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values.
It is pertinent to mention that Islamophobic people in France have gone one step ahead and displayed a cartoon of the Holy Prophet outside one of their buildings which is a direct insult to every Muslim around the world.
Macron condemned by Muslim leaders
After his insensitive ‘Islamophobic remarks’ towards Muslims. the French president Emmanuel Macron has been criticized by Muslim leaders, including Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Turkish president Erdogan slammed the president Macron suggesting that he needs ‘mental treatment’ following his negative comments about ‘Islam’.
While speaking at his Justice and Development Party meeting in Kayseri, Erdogan stated:
What is Macron’s problem with Islam? What is his problem with Muslims?
Macron needs some sort of mental treatment. What else is there to say about a head of state who doesn’t believe in the freedom of religion and behaves this way against the millions of people of different faiths living in his own country?
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan criticized the French president by accusing him of creating more “hate, Islamophobia and space for extremists” rather than uniting people.
Boycott French Products (#BoycottFrenchProducts) trends on Twitter
Social media around the world is trending calling to Boycott French Products as protest towards the ‘anti-Islamic’ statements made by president Macron.
These are some reactions on Twitter posted by the Muslim community:
There were also reports of French footballer Paul Pogba quitting the France National Team in retaliation of remarks made by President Emanuel but that news was confirmed as fake by the athlete himself.