Calls to boycott French products over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Social media users in several Arab states have called for a boycott of French products and businesses available locally
Calls to boycott French products over Charlie Hebdo cartoons
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By Staff writer
Tue 20 Jan 2015 11:26 AM

A boycott of French products is gaining momentum in some Arab countries in retaliation against the publication of blasphemous cartoons by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo a week after its office was attacked, according to reports.

In Saudi Arabia, Arab News said comments on social media included the names of high profile French products available in the kingdom, with calls not to buy them.

“It is necessary to boycott French food products and perfumes and hit the French economy because they are ignoring the feelings of Muslims by publishing blasphemous cartoons. It is the best solution to defend Islam and our Prophet Muhammed [peace be upon him],” one message said, according to a translation by Arab News.

Activists in Jordan have called for action against French investments in the country including Total-affiliated gas stations and Carrefour supermarkets, according to a report.

Organisers of a Facebook page that has attracted 4000 supporters says it will pressure France to ban the publication of offensive cartoons.

The backlash has led some French companies to hire public relations teams to help deal with the fall out, according to reports.

The chief editor of Charlie Hebdo said more than 2.7 million copies of last week’s edition had been sold in the country.

Twelve members of the magazine’s staff and police officers, including some that were responsible for guarding the Paris office, were killed on January 7 by two brothers. The magazine had repeatedly published cartoons and articles many Muslims considered to be offensive.

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