France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron’s cartoons defence

Published:Monday, 26 Oct 2020 08:10

France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron’s cartoons defence

France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron’s defence of the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

The French foreign ministry said the “baseless” calls for a boycott were being “pushed by a radical minority”.

French products have been removed from some shops in Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar.

Meanwhile, protests have been seen in Libya, Syria and the Gaza Strip.

The backlash stems from comments made by Mr Macron after the gruesome murder of a French teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

The president said the teacher, Samuel Paty, “was killed because Islamists want our future”, but France would “not give up our cartoons”.