Turkish president urges boycott of French goods
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on all Turks to boycott French goods over controversial comments about Islam by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, warning that Muslims are now being targeted by a ‘lynch campaign’ like the one against European Jews prior to World War II.
“As it has been said in France, 'don't buy Turkish-labeled goods,' I call on my people here. Never give credit to French-labeled goods, don't buy them,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in Ankara on Monday.
Earlier this month Macron remarked about an episode involving an 18-year-old assailant, identified as Abdullah Anzorov, who beheaded French history teacher Samuel Paty outside a Paris suburb school.
The French president’s words did not go unnoticed. An array of criticism followed.
Paty had raised controversy and provoked anger over showing defamatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The assailant was shot dead by the police soon after the killing.
The French president had said about his fighting against “Islamist separatism,” which according to him threatens to take control in some Muslim communities across France. He said Paty was decapitated because “Islamists” wanted “our future.”
Erdogan had also said Macron has a “problem” with Islam and Muslims for his provocative defense of the ‘right’ to show blasphemous cartoons.
The Turkish leader is particularly infuriated by the French leader’s policies toward Muslims in France after he announced a plan earlier this month to allegedly “liberate Islam in France from foreign influences.”
“European leaders should tell the French president to stop his hate campaign” against Muslims, Erdogan said.
Reports say boycotts of French goods are already underway in supermarkets in Qatar and Kuwait, with further calls to reject products of the European country in Jordan and other Muslim countries.
According to Turkey’s statistical institute, France is the 10th biggest source of imports into Turkey and the seventh biggest market for Turkey’s exports.