French President Macron said that although Islamic society expressed disappointment with his remarks at the teacher’s funeral, waves of boycotts of French goods have also occurred in several countries and regions of the Middle East. “Never give in to any hate speech or support it.”
According to a French Le Monde article on the 25th, Macron tweeted “We will never give in or tolerate any hate speech” in French , English and Arabic, respectively, on the same day. We retain rational discourse resolutely and always stand for human integrity and harmony. Universal principles on one hand.’
Macron’s recent remarks at the funeral of the murdered teacher, Samuel Patty, were the cause of the incident. He vowed that he would not ban Mohammed’s cartoons and would work hard to protect freedom of expression. Among some Islamic nations, his remarks triggered discontent. In a televised address, Turkish President Erdogan said that Macron “needs a psychiatric test.” Countries including Iran and Jordan have condemned France for continuing to publish similar cartoons. “The remarks of some French officials may damage relations between France and Muslims” expressed regret.
A surge of boycotts of French products has also been seen in several countries and regions in the Middle East. Many grocery stores in Qatar announced the elimination of French products, and the University of Qatar announced via Twitter that the French Culture Week would be postponed; some 60 cooperatives in Kuwait announced a boycott of French products, including cheese , cream and cosmetics. In addition, about 430 Kuwaiti travel agencies have suspended flight bookings to France; in Jordan, the opposition “Islamic Action Front” called on citizens to boycott French products.