Boycott France: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the latest leader, this time from a Major Muslim country to join the anti-French wave that has upsurged following France’s defensive stance on Islamic extremism.
In a televised statement on Monday, Erdogan called on the Turks to boycott French-products, which other nations with the Muslim-majority population have been doing since the last few days.
“Never give credit to French-labelled goods, don’t buy them,” he said addressing the nation from capital Ankara. He added Muslims are “subjected to a lynch campaign similar to that against Jews in Europe before World War II.”
The anti-France wave comes from the Arab and Muslim world after France projected cartoons of Prophet Mohammed on government buildings in protest to the beheading of Samuel Patty.
History and Geography teacher, Patty, showed a cartoon of the Prophet in a class on freedom of speech, which led to a devastating Jihadist attack, where an 18-years-old beheaded the teacher.
Projecting and portraying Islam’s Prophet Mohammed is considered blasphemy by many Muslims.
But France’s state secularism, central to its national identity – or laïcité comes in between the nation’s way of taking actions to protect sentiments of any one school of thought.
This is not the first time the Turkish premiere commented on the recent raucous over the Jihadist attack. Earlier he said French President Marcon must get a ‘mental check’ after the France President said the nation would not give in to Islamic extremism.
Turkey’s comments were taken with deep insults, and France issued a strongly-narrated message to Ankara. The Turkish envoy to France was also called back in a rare response.
Just weeks before the Samuel Patty killing, French President Emmanuel Marconi said Islam is a religion ‘in crisis’ and that the nation’s 6.6 million Muslims are in danger of creating a ‘counter-society.’ He vowed to fight against what he calls ‘Islamic separatism.’
Other EU member-states have extended support to France in the recent wake of anti-movement against the nation.
Germany slammed Turkey’s comments as “defamatory” and “completely unacceptable,” calling Erdogan’s personal attack as a ‘particular low point.’
The Netherlands said the nation “stands firmly with France and for the collective values of the European Union,” the BBC reported.
“Personal invectives do not help the positive agenda that the EU wants to pursue with Turkey, but on the contrary push away solutions. Full solidarity with the President,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wrote in a tweet.
Meanwhile, a set of Twitter users in India has pushed the hashtag Well Done France, and We Support France to top the trends of the social media platform.
Indians praised the French President Macron for his stern stance on Islamic radicalism — an issue that is also predominant in India.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to Facebook CEO urging the social media giant to ban the sharing of content that exhibits blasphemy considered by Islam. He accused Marcon of ‘attacking Islam’ on Twitter.
“It is unfortunate that President Macron has deliberately resorted to provoking Muslims, including his own citizens,” Pak PM Imran Khan wrote on Twitter in Arabic.
Social media was flooded with images of Kuwaiti stores pulling down French products, especially food items. The same suite followed in Kuwait, Jordan, and Qatar with protests in Syria, Libya, the Gaza strip, and Iraq.
French products widely known around the world include cosmeceutical and fashion brands like Loreal, Garnier, Dior, Givenchy among others; food brands like Danone, and automobile sellers like Renault.
The French ministry of foreign affairs has called out to the Muslim nations in the world on Sunday, to not boycott France products as a wave of boycott calls are echoing across Muslim countries in retaliation to the recent chain of events.