Frank Riester, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said boycotting Turkish products was not on the agenda.
In a statement on RTL radio, Riester said President Emmanuel Macron’s statements on Islam are not attacks on Muslims and Islam.
Stating that Muslims in the country can freely practice their religion, Riester said France is determined to fight terrorism and “radical Islamism”.
Riester noted that it was intolerable to compare the treatment of Muslims with what was done to Jews in Europe in the 1930s.
Claiming that boycott requests for French products are limited in Arab countries due to Macron’s anti-Islamic attitude, Riester also reacted to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call for a boycott of French products.
Stating that the boycott of Turkish products is not on the agenda, Riester said: “We will not do as the Turks do today.” I speak.
In her written statement yesterday, French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Agnes von der Mühll called for appeals and actions in Arab countries to boycott French products to be suspended.
As reactions against Macron’s anti-Islamic statements continue in the Arab world, calls for a boycott of French products also increase.
With the recent attack on Muslims and Islamic organizations in France, the Macron administration has initiated anti-Islamic practices in various cities across the country.
In the cities of Montpellier and Toulouse, in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine neighborhood near Paris, abusive cartoons from the French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo were projected on the walls of official buildings last week to “commemorate” the beheaded and murdered teacher.
In his statement, Macron said they would not stop publishing cartoons for the Prophet Muhammad.
Pressure and raids against Muslim associations and non-governmental organizations in the country have also increased.
On 19 October, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced that a mosque and many associations and non-governmental organizations, including the French Collective Against Islamophobia (CCIF) and Barakacity, would be closed.