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Calls for France boycott gain momentum as Qatar supermarkets shun French produce

President Emmanuel Macron insisted France will 'not give up its cartoons' [Getty]

Date of publication: 24 October, 2020

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Social media users in Qatar and other Gulf states have called for a boycott of French products in response to the country's alleged Islamophobia.
Qatari supermarkets are jumping aboard calls for a boycott of French products, amid tensions between France's government and its Muslim minority.

Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron triggered controversy by claiming that Islam is "in crisis". Recent terror attacks and controversy over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad have also heightened racial tensions in the country.

The moves have prompted Muslims around the world to call for a boycott of France.

On Friday, Qatar's flagship Al Meera supermarket removed all French products from its shelves in response to Paris' perceived provocations.

"We affirm that as a national company, we work according to a vision that is consistent with our faithful religion, our established customs and traditions, in a way that serves our country and our faith, and meets the aspirations of our customers," the company said in a statement.

Qatar University also joined the movement, announcing the postponement of its French Cultural Week event.

"Any violation of Islamic belief and sacred symbols is completely unacceptable, as these offences harm universal human values and the highest moral principles that all contemporary societies affirm," the university said in a statement.

A number of other firms, including Al Merkati, Souq Al Baladi, Qatar Shopping Complex, Al Wajba Factory and Snoonu have also joined the boycott.

On the internet, social media users in Qatar and other Gulf states have shared lists of French companies to avoid as part of the boycott.

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