French President Emmanuel Macron’s anti-Islam rhetoric and support for blasphemous activities against the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) have attracted criticism worldwide.
Social media is calling for a boycott on made in France products with #BoycottFrenchProducts trending in many Muslim countries, including Pakistan.
Many Arab countries, including Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan, have joined in practically. Kuwait and Qatar have already removed French products from the markets.
People are also sharing photos of the French goods that Muslims should avoid purchasing, including luxury brands such as Cartier, Dior, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Givenchy, Lacoste, food products, car manufacturers, and cigarette brands.
These are the French products people around the world frequently use. Identify them and boycott them in the protest to defame Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) by showing cartoons. You can do many thing by boycotting their products. #boycottfranceproducts pic.twitter.com/B7F9XxCLBz
— World Travel Services (@worldtravelweb) October 24, 2020
No more of French products🚫 pic.twitter.com/ItFc1RybI6
— جندي الله (@qi66ip) October 23, 2020
It all started last month when the French President backed the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to republish caricatures of the Prophet (PBUH), calling it freedom of speech. This allowed the publishing of blasphemous cartoons all over France under government support, a move that provoked the Muslim community across the globe.
As a result, a French teacher named Samuel Paty was killed by a Muslim student for showing the caricatures in his class on ‘freedom of speech.’
The President, known for exploiting Islamophobia for his political gains, then cashed on the incident and declared it a national tragedy. He gave the deceased teacher an official memorial and declared him a ‘victim of stupidity and hate.’
His unceasing anti-Islam rhetoric attracted condemnation from Muslim leaders, including Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Prime Minister, Imran Khan. Erdogan declared President Macron a ‘mental patient’ and suggested him to see a doctor.
Addressing a ceremony on Saturday, Erdogan said that “Islamophobia will overwhelm Europe and it will end itself in this cycle.”
Meanwhile, PM Khan accused Macron of deliberately provoking Muslims instead of putting a healing touch.
Khan said Macron chose to spread Islamophobia attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White supremacists, or Nazi ideologists.
Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. This is a time when Pres Macron could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation & marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 25, 2020
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