France encourages Arab nations to avert boycotts over Macron’s cartoons defense, in the arc of “freedom of speech”
France has asked the Arab states to end strikes for a boycott of its commodities in protest, at President Emmanuel Macron’s gesture to accept the liberty to show animations of the Prophet Muhammad.
The French minister of foreign affairs says the “groundless” calls for a refusal to French good was “imposed by an extremist minority”.
French goods have been wiped from many shops in Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar.
In the interim, demonstrations have been seen in Libya, Syria, and the Gaza Strip against the French president. The reaction shots from comments made by Mr. Macron after the horrific murder of a French professor, Samuel Paty who showed animations of the Prophet Muhammad in class.
The president stated that Samuel “was killed as Islamists want to seize our future”, but France would “not let go our caricatures”.
depictions of the Prophet are extensively regarded as distasteful in Islam and are invasive to many Muslims. But state laïcité or secularism is vital to France’s national identity. Limiting freedom of speech to defend the emotions of one particular community demoralizes unity, the government says.
On Sunday, Mr. Macron exerted his guard for French values in a tweet that said “We will not give in, ever.”
Political leaders in Turkey and Pakistan have gathered on Mr. Macron, condemning him for not regarding “liberty of belief” and sidelining the millions of Muslims in France.
This Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan recommended, for a second time, that Mr. Macron should go to a physiatrist for his views on Islam. Similar remarks incited France to recall its diplomat to Turkey for discussions on Saturday.
Some store’s shelves had been stripped of French goods in Jordan, Qatar, and Kuwait by Sunday. French-made beauty items, for instance, were not to be seen.
In Kuwait, a major trade union has imposed a boycott of French goods.
The non-governmental association of Customer Co-operative Societies stated it had delivered the instruction in response to “repeated invectives” against their Prophet.
In a declaration, the French minister of foreign affairs responded to the moves, writing: “These calls for boycott are groundless and they should rest instantly, as well as all spells against our nation, which are being imposed by a radical minority.”
Online, boycott movements in other Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia, are also mingling.
A hashtag for the boycott of French retail chain Carrefour was the second-most sheering topic in Saudi Arabia, the Arab’s largest economy.
Meanwhile, small anti-French demonstrations were organized in Libya, Gaza, and northern Syria, where Turkish aided militias exert control.
On the bigger table
Mr. Macron’s vigorous guard of French secularism and disapproval of radical Islam in the aftermath of Mr. Paty’s murder has angered many Muslims around the world.
Turkish president Erdogan questioned in a declaration “What’s the issue of the person called Macron with Islam and with the Muslim community?”
In the interim, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan condemned the French leader of being “offensive to Islam, evidently without having any knowledge of it”.
“President Macron has confronted and offended the feelings of millions of Muslims in Europe & across the world,” his tweet said.
Even before the teacher’s killing, Mr. Macron already confirmed plans for harder regulations to block what he said “Islamist separatism” in France.
He stated that a minority of France’s approximately six million Muslims were in risk of founding a “counter-society”, relating Islam as a faith “in crisis”.
Back in 2015, 12 people were killed in an outbreak on the offices of French spoof magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had printed the cartoons.
Some in West Europe’s major Muslim community have suspected Mr. Macron of trying to suppress their religion and say his movement dangers legitimizing Islamophobia.