Erdogan calls for boycott of French goods
Published : Monday, 26 October, 2020 at 8:38 PM Count : 284
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Turks to boycott French goods amid a row over France’s stance on Islam.
In a televised speech, he urged world leaders to protect Muslims “if there is oppression against Muslims in France”, BBC reports.
Erdogan has angrily criticised his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for pledging to defend secular values.
It comes after a French teacher was murdered for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.
France "will not give up our cartoons", President Macron said earlier this week.
Erdogan called for the boycott in a televised speech on Monday.
“Never give credit to French-labelled goods, don't buy them,” he said in the capital Ankara.
He said Muslims are now “subjected to a lynch campaign similar to that against Jews in Europe before World War II", adding that "European leaders should tell the French president to stop his hate campaign”.
It came after Macron pledged to defend secularism and tackle radical Islam in the wake of the killing of Samuel Paty. The teacher was beheaded on 16 October by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov.