Muslim countries are calling out for a complete boycott of french products after the president of France, Emmanuel Macron on Sunday defended his stance in a tweet that read, “We will not give in, ever.” Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordon, and Qatar have joined the boycott, whereas Qatar and Kuwait have already removed all french products from the markets.
In Pakistan, #BoycottFrenchProducts has started to trend on Twitter alongside other Muslim countries of the world. On the other hand, small-scale protests took place in Gaza, Libya, and north of Syria.
— Nadeem shaikh ™ (@Nadeem_indeed) October 26, 2020
To some, Islam is Nothing but a code of rules and regulations
But, to those who Understand, it is a Perfect Vision of life. pic.twitter.com/sjOIKRPHGB
— Mahir Khan ماہیر خان (@iammahirkhan) October 27, 2020
I am Muslim & I love my prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. more than my life.We Muslims need to stand together against these French products.This is lesat thing we can do for our Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H.#boycottfrance #boycottfrenchproducts pic.twitter.com/KDa4GrqkUG
— Jannatul Ferdaous (@Jannatul__liza) October 27, 2020
It’s time we send them a message. Our Prophet (PBUH) is the most beloved personality to us and we will not tolerate any disrespect towards him. Let’s boycott these French products. #boycottfrance #boycottfrenchproducts #ShameOnMacronExtremist pic.twitter.com/lptc1EyaBR
— Abdul Moeed Nasir (@AbdulMoeedNasir) October 27, 2020
Macron’s tweet further read, ” 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.”
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.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 25, 2020
Luxury brands such as Givenchy, Dior, Chanel, Cartier, Nina Ricci have also come under fire.
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
The French President backed Prophet PBUH’s blasphemous cartoons to be republished in a weekly satirical French magazine called Charlie Hebdo. The government justified the decision as ‘freedom of speech’. This decision subsequently provoked outburst in Muslim communities worldwide. In Muslim societies, depictions of the Prophet is considered offensive.
Prime Minister Imran Khan Accuses Macron of Spreading Islamophobia
In several tweets, the Prime Minister of Pakistan accused the French president of actively spreading Islamophobia and dividing the Muslim community by backing up the decision. Instead, he should have denied space to extremists.
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
It is unfortunate that he has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than the terrorists who carry out violence, be it Muslims, White Supremacists or Nazi ideologists. Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, incl his own citizens,
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 25, 2020
A clip uploaded on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Instagram captioned: “In human communities, we have to be sensitive towards what causes pain to other human beings.” has been making rounds on social media.
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In human communities we have to be sensitive towards what causes pain to other human beings. In the Western society, and quite rightly, the Holocaust is treated with sensitivity, because it gives the Jewish community pain. That’s all we ask: Do not use freedom of speech to cause us pain by insulting our Holy Prophet PBUH. That’s all we want.
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also called out the French President for making this poor decision. Erdogan suggested that Macron must see a doctor and also declared him as a ‘mental patient’. On Saturday, during a ceremony, Erdogan added, “Islamophobia will overwhelm Europe and it will end itself in this cycle.”
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